Offender tracking systems generate vast amounts of data; however, community corrections agencies that operate offender tracking programs report that it is often difficult to share this data. This problem is most clearly manifested in cases where an agency is ending its contractual relationship with one offender tracking provider and moving to another. Agencies have expressed a desire to automatically transfer as much information as possible (e.g. demographic data, location data, violation and alert data) from a previous provider to populate the data fields of the new providers software. This capability would allow the retention of important historical data and streamline the client re-enrollment process. This project was an effort to develop the models and technical components, in the form of a service specification, specific to the transfer of offender tracking information between systems. The goal of this project was to develop a Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Package (SSP) for the transfer of offender tracking information (offender tracking record) from one offender tracking system to another. Further, it is envisioned that this SSP could provide a foundation for future information exchange initiatives between multiple criminal justice agencies and the various offender tracking system providers that operate in this country. The capability for automated information sharing across jurisdictions and provider software platforms would greatly enhance public safety.
NOTE: To fully review the purpose, scope, capability offered and real-world effect(s) this service specification intends to address, we invite your full review of the associated Service Description Document (SDD). It can be located by first downloading the service specification zip file on this webpage followed by navigating to the “artifacts” folder. There you’ll discover the corresponding SDD for this service.
The original Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification was funded bythe National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and developed through Cooperative Agreement 2010-IJ-CX-K003 by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s Corrections Technology Center of Excellence in collaboration with SEARCH. NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. In turn, this Global “reference” service specification was refined and supported by Grant No. 2010-MU-BX-K019 awarded by the Bureau of Justice, Office of Justice Programs in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative.
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