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Developing a Business Case for the Integration of Justice Information

Summary

Publications & Results

Press Releases & News Stories

Partners

Funding Sources

Scope of Work

Related Web Sites

Contact Information

Summary
A successful effort to improve justice information integration depends on convincing leaders at all levels of government of the importance and benefits of integration. The US Department of Justice, through the Office of Justice Programs, commissioned CTG to provide a guide for developing an effective business case to present to those leaders. The result was a Guide for making an effective business case for integration projects to elected leaders and senior executives.

The Guide is based on:


The Guide also includes links and references to a rich set of resources to support integration project planning and business case development.

Publications & Results
Practical Guides (1)
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And Justice for All: Designing Your Business Case for Integrating Justice Information
Mon, 01 May 2000 >Download PDF
Efforts to improve public safety in the United States are pointing to an increasing need for justice agencies to share information. This guidebook offers a series of lessons and tools justice officials can use to build business cases to win support and funding for integrated justice information systems.

Reports and Working Papers (1)
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Reconnaissance Study: Developing a Business Case for the Integration of Criminal Justice Information
Thu, 01 Sep 1999 >Download PDF
This study provides a complex but optimistic picture for improving the integration of justice information. It provides an analysis of the current integration realities and discusses enablers and barriers to criminal justice information integration.

Public Events

Summary of the June 1999 Workshop

This five-page report summarizes the work conducted at the June 1999 workshop. The document recounts the workshop's context and purpose, participants and activities, themes, proposed strategies, and next steps in the project.

Press Releases & News Stories
Press Releases

Improve Public Safety with Integrated Information Systems: Center for Technology in Government Issues Guidebook for US Department of Justice
Wed, 26 Apr 2000


Partners
Government Partners

Center for Technology in Government

Participants

Initial Project Workshop - Attendees

The Honorable Patrice Bataglia
Dakota County Commissioner

Mr. Brian Beamish
Information & Privacy Commission
Ontario, Canada

Dr. Peter Bloniarz
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Mr. David Boyer
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs

Mr. J. Carey Brown
Office of the Attorney General
State of Kansas

Ms. Donna Canestraro
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Ms. Jane Christenson
Office of the Mayor
Redmond, Washington

Mr. John Cloud
United States Attorney's Office
Middle District Alabama

Mr. John D. Cohen
PSComm, LLC

Mr. David Connelly
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Mr. Ronald Cooke
New York State Police

Mr. Gary R. Cooper
The SEARCH Group, Inc.

Dr. Anthony M. Cresswell
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Dr. Sharon Dawes
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Ms. Karen E. Duffala
National Law Enforcement & Corrections
Technology Center

Ms. Winsome Foderingham
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Ms. Anne E. Gardner
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the General Counsel

Mr. Patrick J. Garvey
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. David Gavin
Department of Public Safety
State of Texas

Ms. Sally Goodall
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Mr. Robert Greeves
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs

Mr. Richard J. Gross
North Dakota Consensus Council

Ms. Kelly J. Harris
The SEARCH Group, Inc.

Mr. Dennis Hausman
Department of Information Services
Justice Information Network

Mr. Robert J. Helten
Office of the Attorney General
State of North Dakota

Dr. Thomas Henderson
National Center for State Courts

Mr. Herbert H. Henry, III
U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Alabama

Mr. Arnold J. Hopkins
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs

The Honorable Steve Kelley
Minnesota State Senate

Mr. Paul R. Kendall
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the General Counsel

Noble Kennamer, Esq.
Los Angeles County, California

Ms. Fern Laethem
Public Defender
Office of the State Public Defender
State of Califormia

Mr. Robert D. LaMoria
Office of the Attorney General
State of Washington

Mr. Mark LaVigne
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

The Honorable Michael P. Lawlor
Connecticut General Assembly

The Honorable Timothy Loewenstein
Board of Buffalo County Commissioners
Buffalo County, Nebraska

Mr. Michael M. Losavio
Administrative Office of the Courts

Mr. José McLoughlin
US Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance

Mr. James McNeil
U.S. Dept of Justice
National Institute of Justice

Ms. Shrilata Nath
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Ms. Lori Nicely
U. S. Department of Justice
Global Program Management Office

The Honorable Allen Olson
Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota

Dr. Theresa A. Pardo
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Ms. Alison Poe
Bureau of Justice Information Systems
Department of Administration
State of Wisconsin

Ms. Janet Quist
Public Technologies, Inc.

Ms. Amy Roberts
Committee Administrator for the House
Crime Prevention Committee
Minnesota House of Representatives

Mr. James Ruda
Intergovernmental Consultant

The Honorable Harold See
Alabama Supreme Court

Mr. James F. Shea
New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services

Ms. Stephanie Simon
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany

Commissioner Mark Stenglein
Board of Commissioners
Hennepin County, Minnesota

Mr. Ted Stoica
Illinois State Police

Ms. Sande Sunde
Honeywell, Inc.

Ms. Aldona K. Valicenti
Kentucky Chief Information Officer

Mr. Scott Wallace
Defender Legal Services Director
National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Mr. Richard H. Ward, III
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance

Mr. Roy Washington
Mobile Alabama County Sheriff's Office

Mr. Ronald Wiborg
Dept. of Community Corrections
Hennepin County, Minneapolis

Mr. Carl A. Wicklund
American Probation & Parole Association

Honorable Anthony M. Wilhoit
Legislative Ethics Commission
State of Kentucky

Mr. Neil A. Woerman
Office of the Attorney General
State of Kansas

Dr. Michael R. Zimmerman
Information Technology Department
Hennepin County, Minneapolis

Funding Sources
This project was supported by Award No. 1999-LD-VX-K004 funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.

Original Scope of Work
One of the key factors identified through a series of discussions the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has had with state and local agencies is the need for outreach to leaders, at all three levels of government, concerning the importance and benefits of integration within the criminal justice systems integration.

In a meeting attended by representatives of 25 states, participants expressed a strong need for a "business case" for integration that can be promoted nationwide. The report of that meeting states:

"Executive level sponsors are critical to state and local initiatives... There is a need to develop an outreach/education strategy immediately. The strategy should be based on a business case and include a mission statement for the Integration Initiative. Emphasis should be on reaching elected officials and senior policy makers."

The report also emphasizes the need for a definition of "integration," and acknowledges that the term means different things to different people.

CTG assisted OJP in the development of a "Business Case for Criminal Justice Systems Integration" by working with a selected group of federal, state, and local officials to describe the audiences they must address, the issues these audiences face, and the arguments that will be persuasive to them. Equally important, this work further addresses the interplay of federal, state, and local needs, resources, and goals that were a major feature of the DOJ-sponsored meetings. The results recommend tools and strategies to help elected leaders and senior executives understand their roles and choices.

The Center assisted in this work in several ways:


Related Web Sites

Office of Justice Programs FY1999 Program Plan

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/99progplan/
OJP's goals are to respond quickly, across the bureaus and offices, to newly emerging issues; to institute the vision and priorities of the Attorney General, the President, and the Congress; and to ensure that they are advancing a comprehensive and coherent program to address public safety needs in this country.

SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics

http://www.search.org/default.asp
SEARCH, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is dedicated to improving the criminal justice system and the quality of justice through better information management, the effective application of information and identification technology, and responsible law and policy.

Contact Information
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany, SUNY
187 Wolf Road, Suite 301
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 442-3892 (phone)
(518) 442-3886 (fax)