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Correctional Agency Information Sharing Improvement (TTA) Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $599,632)

BJA is supporting technical assistance (TA) and pilot site implementation to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions that result in justice information sharing enhancements which increase the effectiveness of offender management efforts. The grantee will propose and engage in collaborative partnership with appropriate organizations that have expertise in offender management strategies, in the translation of the contemporary justice research and literature into effective policies and practices, and in the implementation of strategies that leverage information sharing technology conforming with DOJs Global standards and tools. The grantee will be required to: Define and implement a comprehensive, objective process to identify state, local, and/or tribal jurisdictions with whom to work to improve offender management through the implementation of information sharing technology that supports complementary policies and practices that are evidence-based, smart on crime, and/or data driven. It is expected that one or more of the sites will focus specifically on enhancing offender reentry policies and practices and leverage BJA's current pilot site initiatives at the state and county levels. In addition, consideration will be given to jurisdictions that are past or current Second Chance Act, Evidence-Based Decision Making, and/or Justice Reinvestment Initiative sites; and establish within the application budget a specific, significant percentage (e.g., 75 percent of the requested funds) to directly support site-based implementation of technical solutions at the identified project sites.). This initiative is specifically designed to support projects with the capacity to engage collaboratively with peer and national partners to demonstrate results through evaluation for subsequent replication. The grantee will endeavor to include coordination with law enforcement, corrections, community corrections, and other appropriate practitioners in the field, as well as established national leadership organizations, such as the American Probation and Parole Association and the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

The Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, Inc. will overcome the gap in information exchange capabilities between state institutional corrections and the many service agencies responsible for adult offenders reentering the community with mental health and substance abuse factors. It is vital that information about these offenders is shared with relevant service providers, community supervision, and law enforcement charged with reducing victimization and recidivism. The primary goal of the "Improving Correctional Agency Information Sharing Project" is to implement a standards-based information sharing capability, including implementation of an offender information exchange in three jurisdictions, to prove the societal value of sharing such information. These pilot implementations will further demonstrate the effectiveness of the use of NIEM- and GRA-conformant exchanges. The project is a coordinated effort by the IJIS Institute, in partnership with Association of State Correctional Administrators, American Probation and Parole Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and with support from the Council of State Governments Justice Center. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 20, 2012