Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $385,000)
In Santa Barbara County, the District Attorney is proposing to leverage technology by utilizing a Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS) to enhance the investigation and prosecution of violent crime in the community. DEMS is a software platform that automates and streamlines the digital evidence ingestion, management, and distribution of evidence across the criminal justice system. Implementing a more proficient digital evidence process will significantly improve the current workflow. The DEMS will provide District Attorney investigators and prosecutors with real-time access to digital information. This has the potential to significantly enhance violent crime investigations and prosecutions, which could reduce future violent crime.