Justice Information Sharing

NCJA Events

The NCJA regularly convenes policymakers, practitioners, experts and advocates to discuss issues of common interest and concern.

Justice Information Sharing Webinars

NCJA hosts webinars for Justice Information Sharing Practitioners (JISP), State Administrating Agency directors and leaders, and Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Administrators. These educational webinars provide a cost-effective way for practitioners to learn about and leverage resources and promising information-sharing strategies in the interest of public safety.

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JISP Webinars

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CONNECT South Dakota exemplifies a state’s successful use of federal funding (provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance) to initiate projects resulting in cost savings and business efficiency, the criticality of a mission advocate, and the collaboration imperative, including integral involvement by the private industry (via the IJIS Institute) and training and technical assistance providers. This webinar discusses how CONNECT South Dakota has impacted local (city and county), state, tribal, and federal agencies. Presenters will also outline future CONNECT South Dakota goals, which include a long-standing and increasingly important JIS priority during these times of limited funding and/or technological know-how: harnessing technology to assist smaller and/or rural jurisdictions in achieving enhanced justice information sharing capabilities.

Speakers: J. Patrick McCreary, Associate Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance; Robert Boehmer, GAC Chairman and NCJA Global Representative; and Mike Milstead, NSA Global Representative and Sheriff of Minnehaha County, South Dakota.

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This webinar provides an overview of the Wisconsin Unified Corrections Coalition (UCC), established in 2010 to develop, plan and implement a cohesive statewide assessment, case planning and case management strategy. The UCC is dedicated to implementing a fully integrated evidence-based approach to the justice system. One of the first decisions of the UCC was to introduce into the system, the Northpointe COMPAS Offender Risk/Needs/Strengths Assessment and Case Planning System. Presenters also briefly discuss national standards related justice information sharing in support of reentry.

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IDEx is a 21-agency effort under the leadership of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security that includes local, state, and federal agency participation. By using a range of Global-supported solutions, including the Global Reference Architecture, Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management framework, and National Information Exchange Model, the initiative connects disparate justice and public safety systems’ data, leveraging existing investments for enhanced decision making and increased public safety. Because the planning, design, and initial capital investment were grant funded, IDEx exemplifies how a state can use federal support to initiate a project resulting in immediate and long-term cost savings and efficiencies. This webinar provides insights about the value of Global participation and use of Global tools, and need for a project champion in justice information sharing projects; and discusses the IDEx project, emphasizing leveraging of Global solutions, the importance of the principle of “reuse,” the IDEx Return on Investment ROI report, and how enhanced information sharing capabilities were critical in responding to spring storms that devastated Indiana.

Speakers: Thomas Wyss, IN State Senator and Global Representative from National Conference of State Legislators; and Jason Hutchens, Director of the Planning Division, IN Department of Homeland Security.

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In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the US Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (GAC) recently developed the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST). The GIST is a web tool to help easily identify the best Global solutions and resources for your particular needs. The underlying premise of the GIST is that from Global's universe of resources and recommendations, you can now pinpoint the specific tools needed to accomplish your objectives and move toward more effective, efficient information sharing. This webinar addresses national standards and updated justice information sharing grant special conditions to include National Information Exchange Model, Global Reference Architecture, Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management, and Global privacy policy activities. It also discusses how JNET has contributed to and implemented GAC-supported products over the years, helping to guide many of Pennsylvania’s information sharing efforts. The webinar also includes a demonstration of GIST and request for practitioner input to improve this “living” resource.

Speakers: Speakers: Chris Traver, Senior Policy Advisor, BJA; James Dyche, Technical Services Manager, Pennsylvania Justice Network; Angel Ganey and Magdiel Puig, lead GIST staff at IIR.


State JIS Enhancement Webinars

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The national effort to build information sharing environments as called for by Congress and the President is picking up steam as the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment focuses on building out state and regional information sharing environments (ISE). The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the concepts behind ISEs and the tools available to help state and regional executives plan and build them. Tune in to this webinar to learn how to be part of this movement.

Speakers: Paul Wormeli, President, Wormeli Consulting; Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, White House Information Sharing Environment; and Linda Rosenberg, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

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Criminal justice leaders recognize the need to exchange justice and health information to ensure the continuity of care for justice-involved individuals. However, fears and misconceptions about federal and state privacy laws have led many to believe that it is difficult (if not impossible) to create information exchanges between these domains. This webinar dispels the “myths” surrounding HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2, and showcase how states and jurisdictions are overcoming barriers to create safe and secure justice to health exchanges that comply with patient privacy protections.

Speakers: Kate Tipping, Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Richard Fiore, ASSURE Project Sponsor, State of Alabama; and Becki Goggins, Director of Law and Policy, SEARCH.

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As technology advances, public safety needs to adapt. Real-Time Crime Centers are emerging as the focal point for enabling actionable real time intelligence and information sharing. The ability to enhance officer safety and the need to tap technology as a workforce multiplier is driving smart policing initiatives across the country. This presentation provides an overview of smart policing best practices while focusing specifically on the Real-Time Crime Center solution as a foundation for safe communities. It also highlights how the Real-Time Crime Center enables the citizen, 911 call taker, CAD Operator, and First Responder through the integration of multiple solutions in one operations environment. Get a jump on the future of mission critical incident response by participating in this session.

Speakers: Jason Hutchens, Solutions Engagement Manager in Public Safety at Motorola Solutions; and Tom Miller, former Lieutenant Colonel from the Michigan State Police and Director of Government Markets, North America Customer Solutions.

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As a state granting agency, what do you need to understand to make sure justice information sharing investments in your state produce the beneficial outcomes that are intended? How do you know whether technology investments are effective and conducive for communication and meet the data needs of your agencies? Criminal justice agencies that administer Byrne JAG funding across the country are now required to comply with the Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative guidelines and recommendations whenever issuing applicable grants. The purpose behind these special conditions is to promote JIS best practices and advance interoperable Information sharing capabilities, to enhance collaboration, to ensure technology investments are cost effective and sustainable, and enable interoperability by minimizing challenges posed by propriety tools and standards.

Speakers: Robert Boehmer, Director of the Institute for Public Safety Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago, NCJA Regional Representative, Chairman of the NCJA State Justice Information Sharing Committee, and Chairman of the Global Advisory Committee; Chris Traver, BJA Senior Policy Advisor for Justice Information Sharing; and David Steingraber, NCJA Senior Policy Advisor.

SAVIN Webinars

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Staying the course has produced results to ensure that crime victims whose offenders request to transfer under the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) will be notified and have an opportunity to be heard. The new nation-wide system using the framework of the National Commission Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) links the offender to registered victims to ensure victims and their families are notified timely by email or phone of significant events regarding offender movement and compliance.

Speakers: Pat Tuthill, Victims Representative, ICAOS; Project Manager, Florida’s Comprehensive Approach to Managing Juvenile Sex Offenders; Mindy Spring, Training and Audit Coordinator, ICAOS; Sam Razor, Assistant Director, ICAOS.

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The Montana Department of Corrections and Indiana Department of Correction have both implemented the Victim Notification national standard to enhance information sharing capabilities with their Victim Notification systems to improve notification services to victims. This webinar provides a business case for adopting national information sharing standards for effectively sharing information from jail management, offender management, probation and parole case management service, courts case management systems, etc. with a Victim Notification System. Presenters review the Victim Notification standard, the Montana DOC project and lessons learned, and the current Indiana DOC implementation project. The presenters also introduced the SAVIN Information Exchange Package Document (IEPD), discuss the practical implementation, and address questions from participants.

Speakers: John Daugherty, CIO, MT Department of Corrections; and Brent Myers, Registration and Victim Services Director, IN Department of Corrections.

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Many SAVIN programs have found creative approaches to secure ongoing funding and sustain their efforts. Information gathered in surveys and field interviews found some states have adopted laws that fund SAVIN through line items and fees on certain crime convictions and are using Justice Reinvestment savings, joint agency contributions, and other strategies to support ongoing funding and program enhancements. Key components to maintain support and program effectiveness over time include the involvement of key stakeholders in the governance structure and strong leadership.

Speakers: Pamela Ferguson-Brey, Executive Director, Crime Victim Compensation Commission, Honolulu, Hawaii; Marilyn Lee, Former Representative, Hawaii House of Representatives; and Anne Seymour, co-found and Senior Advisor, Justice Solutions.

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Despite careful planning and strategic implementation of SAVIN programs, critical events or occurrences can block victim access to important information, generate erroneous information and/or notifications, or preclude delivery of victim services. A critical event is defined as “a failure in the notification or information delivery system and/or supporting systems; this failure may involve one or more functions that need immediate attention.” Critical events may be major or minor; however, for victims who fail to receive timely, accurate notification, or who receive erroneous information, any such event may be a crisis, if not a life-threatening occurrence. Consequently, critical event management (CEM) is a core function of any SAVIN system.

Speakers: Bethany Backes, Project Monitor & Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice; and Seri Irazola, Principal Investigator, ICF International.

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Despite careful planning and strategic implementation of SAVIN programs, critical events or occurrences can block victim access to important information, generate erroneous information and/or notifications, or preclude delivery of victim services. A critical event is defined as “a failure in the notification or information delivery system and/or supporting systems; this failure may involve one or more functions that need immediate attention.” Critical events may be major or minor; however, for victims who fail to receive timely, accurate notification, or who receive erroneous information, any such event may be a crisis, if not a life-threatening occurrence. Consequently, critical event management (CEM) is a core function of any SAVIN system.

Speakers: Karin Ho, administrator of the Office of Victim Services within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction; and Anne Seymour, co-founder and Senior Adviser, Justice Solutions.

With varying degrees of agency participation, funding challenges, advancement in notification technologies, and the adoption of existing and emerging information sharing standards, the future of SAVIN systems is more complex and exciting than ever. This webinar will provide information on the SAVIN Service Specification and the Information Exchange Package Document pilot project completed with the Montana Department of Corrections. In addition, there will be a demonstration of the recently launched SAVIN system in Alabama and the standards and technology innovations employed. Lastly, presenters will provide information on how to access technical and technology assistance through the National Training and Technical Assistance Project. Both the SAVIN Technical Assistance Request System and the SAVIN Technology Assistance Project categories of assistance will be explored.

Speakers: Stephanie Cassavaugh, Senior Project Manager, IJIS Institute Kathy Gattin, Vice President of Justice and Public Safety, Tetrus Consulting Group Maury Mitchell, Director, Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center Trudy Gregorie, Senior Director, Justice Solutions.

Collaboration with local and state victim assistance, justice and allied professionals is imperative to successful victim/survivor outreach and public awareness to promote SAVIN. This session will provide tips for creating successful collaborative partnerships; identify potential barriers and how to overcome them; and review lessons learned from two successful statewide collaborations.

Speakers: Hallie Martyniuk, Cynthia Hora, and Dan M. Foro.