Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.
Departments of Corrections (DOC) across the country gather, compile, publish, analyze and use massive amounts of data daily as they supervise offenders. In doing so, they must share this information with other criminal justice and non-criminal justice stakeholders. Currently this is done by phone call, scanning documents, or sharing paper files. DOC's have long desired an offender management and tracking system to maintain this data, but it has been cost prohibitive to many state agencies. In January 2004, the National Consortium of Offender Management Systems (NCOMS) was formed to make offender management system technology sharing a reality. Processes were put in place to ensure a quality data system and development began. Many NCOMS members have already benefited from having the ability to take what other states have developed and, with some minor modifications, implemented certain functions saving millions of dollars.
Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) will continue to develop and implement a modular code design for the Correctional Integrated System (CIS). The goal is to improve the capacity of correctional agencies to share information about offenders among other correctional agencies and stakeholders. DOC will complete the modular redesign of the original CIS code to comply with the Corrections Technology Association (CTA) 17 Correctional Standards and Common Function Development for Information Management Systems and continue with the set standardized modular coding and architecture for the rest of the system including a medical module. This project will be completed by contracted programmers and one contracted data warehouse specialist with oversight and management by the IDOC.