Chief Federal Judge Approves New Voice Technology To Monitor Sex Offenders US District Court Validates the CVSA(R)
Albany, NY, Nov. 2, 2009 – November 2, 2009 — Sex offenders can be required to submit to a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) examination as part of their post-release supervision to determine if they are telling the truth, a federal court has ruled. Northern District of New York Chief Judge Norman A. Mordue ruled that the technique is analogous to polygraph examinations, which have been accepted by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as a way to monitor the activities of those under post-release supervision.
The 2nd Circuit in United States v. Johnson, 446 F.2d 272 (2006), held that both the CVSA and polygraphs were reliable, that they could be validly related to the post-release supervision of an offender and that they did not deprive a defendant of his rights under the Fifth Amendment.
Advocates of voice stress analysis technology state that research has conclusively demonstrated the devices can detect otherwise inaudible voice inflections in responses to questions that can indicate whether a speaker is being truthful. Testimony before Judge Mordue indicated that some 1,800 law enforcement agencies in the United States have the devices available. Most have been manufactured by the National Institute of Truth Verification, or NITV, a Palm Beach, Fla.-based company that has been producing the devices since 1989.
Although more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies utilize the system, including most major metropolitan agencies and the US Military; the CVSA is not well known outside of the law enforcement community. As with the polygraph, results of the CVSA are not normally used in court, but rather serve as a guide to help eliminate individuals as suspects. A recent Department of Defense survey of law enforcement users of the CVSA reported that 86% found the CVSA to be either “very” or “extremely” accurate. The DoD survey also found that 75% of deceptive results were validated by obtaining a confession with “a very small error rate” (less than ½%) utilizing the CVSA.
The US Patent Office recently awarded Charles Humble, the founder of the National Institute for Truth Verification (NITV), a second patent on an automated scoring algorithm for use on the CVSA. Humble was the first to quantify voice patterns and also discovered delayed stress reaction in voice stress analysis. The CVSA’s current scoring algorithm, known as the Final Analysis Confirmation Tool(R) (FACT(R)), uses advanced mathematical algorithms and a built-in learning feature to recognize, evaluate, categorize and quantify the output from the CVSA. The widely acclaimed CVSA II accurately scores each voice pattern for stress levels and then evaluates the entire examination to render a ‘No Deception Indicated’ or ‘Deception Indicated’ result, eliminating possible bias from the exam. Since the release of the CVSA II in early 2007, over 800 CVSA II’s have been delivered. “From the Atlanta P.D. to the Nashville P.D. to the California Highway Patrol, this is an investigative tool that has proven itself as invaluable in the field” stated Alan Hall, a retired officer of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, and the current Operations Administrator of the NITV. Once restricted for sale only to law enforcement, the CVSA is now available for some commercial applications.
Although widely acclaimed in the law enforcement community, the CVSA is regarded as a threat by the polygraph establishment since it has displaced both them and their technology in hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the US. Despite this heavy resistance, the CVSA has built an impressive 22-year track record as an investigative tool helping to solve tens-of-thousands of crimes and helping many innocent people clear their good name. To see examples of real cases solved by the CVSA, go to NITV1.com and click on Cases Solved.
The NITV, established in 1988, is located in West Palm Beach, FL, and is the acknowledged world-leader in truth verification technologies and training.
If you would like more information on the NITV, the CVSA II or the NITV’s widely acclaimed training program, call 561-798-6280, go to NITV1.com, or email to [email protected].
Louisiana, Bunkie P.D., July 17, 2009 – Chief of Detectives/CVSA Analyst Chad Jeansonne was contacted by the local District Attorney’s Office and requested that he conduct a CVSA exam on a 27 year-old man that had been arrested for raping his son. The subject had convinced his family, defense attorney and many on the prosecutor’s staff that he was being wrongly accused. There was no physical evidence and the subject was about to be released on a judicial order. Chief Jeansonne conducted the CVSA exam and the subject displayed deception when asked if he raped his son. The subject was confronted with the results and he subsequently gave a full confession, astounding both the prosecutors as well as the defense. Chief Jeansonne states that without the CVSA, the subject would have been released and continued to prey upon children. Chief Jeansonne reports that his department continues to rely on the CVSA for both criminal cases as well as pre-employment screening and have found it to be extremely accurate in identifying the deceptive and exonerating the innocent.
Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Co. District Attorneys’ Office, July 7, 2009 – Analyst Ray Dupilka reports that when the Latrobe Police Department responded to a report of an unresponsive man in an apartment, they found the body of Mr. Bradley Holnaider, who had apparently been murdered by strangulation. Following a preliminary investigation, Detective Ray Dupilka was joined by detectives from the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Detective Bureau. After collecting evidence and reviewing the autopsy results, the detectives developed several individuals of interest. One individual of interest, Jay Baird, raised suspicion during his initial interview, and was asked by police to come in to be re-interviewed. During the interview, detectives confronted Baird with both the evidence they had gathered and the inconsistencies in his statements. Baird maintained his innocence and asked, “What can I do to make you believe me?” Detective Dupilka requested that he take a CVSA examination…
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Utah, West Valley City P.D., May 27, 2009 – Analyst/Det. Steve O’Camb reports that the upscale community was shocked when a woman was found brutally murdered in her home near Salt Lake City. There were no suspects, no motive, and police were left to screening those with access to the home. One such person was seen on a TV news program consoling and shaking hands with the victims husband. The individual turned out to be an 18-year-old next-door neighbor. He was not considered a suspect but because he lived in close proximity to the victim’s house, he was asked to take a CVSA exam. In Det. O’Camb’s opinion, the charts indicated that the subject was involved in the murder. A ‘cold call’ of the charts was then requested. Analyst/Det. Mike Fossmo conducted the ‘cold call’ and agreed with Det. O’Camb’s call. After being shown the charts and questioned further, the subject finally admitted that he committed the murder. He then led detectives to the murder weapon.