Friday, January 15, 2016

Fallback Friday: Just(ice)-One Story From New Hampshire

Has nothing to do with the political campaign, either:

"N.H. criminal justice computer integration project launches" Associated Press  January 08, 2016

Maybe it should.

CONCORD, N.H. — It took nearly 15 years to launch, but New Hampshire officials say a program designed to improve the efficiency of the state’s justice system by integrating computer systems across agencies is off to a successful start.

Finally, some software that isn't sh....!

The J-ONE project, which stands for Justice-One Network Environment, brings together the computer systems of the courts, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, corrections, and the motor vehicle department and makes all criminal justice data available electronically to authorized users.

Doing the hacker's work for them.

The goal is to provide better tracking of criminal offenders from arrest through disposition.

The total surveillance tyranny is a goal at all levels -- to keep us all safe, of course.

With all participating organizations getting up-to-date information more quickly, they will be able to make better decisions and avoid having offenders slip through the cracks. Information on criminal warrants, restraining orders, and offender status will be available statewide.

The changes also will mean criminal justice personnel will spend less time processing data received via paper records from other agencies.

No one likes paper anymore, especially when they can't even deliver it to you.

For example, in the past, after a state trooper wrote a speeding ticket, information would have to be entered manually into the separate computer systems at each agency — State Police, the Division of Motor Vehicles, and courts.

Now, a trooper can enter the data electronically from his cruiser on the roadside, and it can be transmitted back and forth among each department.

‘‘It streamlines the whole process and creates a tremendous amount of efficiency,’’ said Lieutenant Mark Liebl of the State Police.

Liebl’s department has been testing the system for about two years and has begun spreading it to several municipal police departments.

‘‘It’s safe to say that with any new technology that’s implemented, there are going to be bumps and hurdles and this is no different, but it is working very, very well for us,’’ he said.

The J-ONE project was conceived in June 2001 and authorized by the state Legislature in 2006. While Liebl has only been involved since 2014, he said the scope of the project contributed to the lengthy time frame between proposal and launch.

‘‘I don’t know of any other state doing what we’re attempting to do — tie the entire criminal justice system together,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s a pretty significant undertaking, particularly when you consider everyone is using different record-management systems.’’