Before Perverted-Justice's "Information First" program and cold-calling policy became standard, logs that received no interest from law enforcement agencies were posted directly to the website. The complete unedited chat logs, which usually contain sexually explicit content and obscenities (and sometimes annotated with comments from the Perverted-Justice volunteer) are now posted to the website only after the person's legal case has been resolved.
In November 2006, after the site's 100th conviction, Perverted-Justice announced that chat logs would no longer be posted unless law enforcement was involved first, as "Information First" agreements were sufficient to cover most U. The current follow-up process consists of notifying a community of the offender's status once a person has been arrested and convicted.
In November 2004, the site teamed up with Dateline NBC in New York City to conduct a large sting operation, or "group media bust," entitled To Catch a Predator.
Dateline rented a house and wired it with hidden cameras, while volunteers posed as minors in chat rooms, telling users who talked to them that they were home alone.
In a process called "Follow-up," additional volunteers on the site's forums, operating under rules and restrictions set up by Perverted-Justice administrators, will contact the target's family, friends, neighbors, and employer to alert them to the website posting.
The volunteers in these "Follow-up Forums" number in the thousands.
The group contends that not one entrapment defense has worked in a case with evidence brought by the organization.
In one case in Riverside County, a judge rejected the entrapment claim.
To begin the follow-up process, the site's volunteers do a reverse-directory lookup to obtain their target's name, as well as checking on the Web for any other information they can find about them.
They then post the target's name, address, and photograph if available, on the website, as well as the chat log: a record of the conversation they had with the volunteer.
Since July 2004 when they facilitated their first conviction, the site's operators switched to a policy of cold calling local police with the information they obtained.