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- CONNECT South Dakota: a Justice Information Sharing Success Story
- The Wisconsin Unified Corrections Coalition
- The Indiana Data Exchange (IDEx) Project
- Getting the GIST
CONNECT South Dakota: A Justice Information Sharing (JIS) Success Story (January, 2013)
CONNECT South Dakota exemplifies a state’s successful use of federal funding (provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance [BJA]) to initiate projects resulting in cost savings and business efficiencies, 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. During this Webinar, presenters will share how CONNECT South Dakota has impacted local (city and county), state, tribal, and federal agencies and achieved the following goals:
- Information sharing across agencies, regardless of geographic locations or records management systems (RMS)/jail management systems (JMS);
- Participation in important national information sharing efforts, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI);
- Secure data exchange with appropriate access controls;
- Protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of the state’s citizens;
- Improved investigative search capability;
- A statewide system with local control by South Dakota law enforcement executives/agencies;
- Low-cost solutions leveraging existing Global-recommended and complementary national standards/solutions, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM); the Global Reference Architecture (GRA); Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM); N-DEx incident and arrest (IA) and incarceration and booking (IB) Information Exchange Package Documentation; Global’s training and privacy resources; the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) backbone; and BJA’s Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance Committee (JTTAC)
- 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.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WIDOC) is a large, multi-dimensional statewide correctional system that includes juvenile facilities, probation, prisons and parole and interacts with 72 counties in the state, each with its own local justice system. Prior to 2011, each operational division of the WDOC employed a different case management system, which inhibited the sharing of critical case information among the divisions as offenders traversed the justice system from juvenile to adult, community to prison, and/or reentry from prison to community. Likewise, collaboration between the WIDOC and Wisconsin’s counties was largely limited to informal information-sharing, even though movement of offenders from local to state responsibility (and vice versa) took place on a regular basis.
As a result, the cumulative information necessary to make fully informed decisions at each point in the process was neither formalized nor complete. Consequently, these communication and process gaps prevented the efficient, transparent flow of assessment, case planning and case management information and data from division to division within the WIDOC, and between the WDOC and county criminal justice partners.
The WDOC recognized the need to align assessment, case planning and case management functions – within the department and to the extent possible with community justice systems - under a common, unified case management paradigm. To that end, the Unified Corrections Coalition (UCC) was 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.
There was also a brief discussion of national standards related justice information sharing in support of reentry.
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 (GRA), Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) framework, and National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), 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.
During the webinar, Indiana State Senator Thomas Wyss, Global representative from the National Conference of State Legislatures, will provide introductory comments and insights, including the value of Global participation and use of Global tools, and need for a project champion in justice information sharing projects. Director Jason Hutchens, Planning Division, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, will discuss 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.
Got a justice information sharing problem? Then get the GIST! In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the U.S. DOJ’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee(GAC) recently developed the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST).
For more on the U.S. DOJ’s Global Advisory Committee, the Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Attorney General on justice-related information sharing, please visit www.it.ojp.gov/global. This project is supported by Grant No. 2010-DB-BX-K020 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.