STATE OF ALASKA
Strategic Plan For Alaska's Criminal Justice
Information System Integration
March 16, 1999
Alaska Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board
Ronald L. Otte, Chair
Alaska needs federal financial assistance totaling approximately $84 million to build a modern, integrated criminal justice information network that will dramatically improve public safety.
Criminal justice, juvenile justice, and social service agencies in Alaska are handicapped by information systems that are:
Based on outmoded technology.
Difficult to use.
Fragmented instead of integrated.
Incapable of providing complete, accurate, timely data.
Alaska's ineffective computer systems and lack of telecommunications infrastructure add to the weight of other burdens placed on police; prosecutors; public defenders; courts; youth and adult corrections; social workers; and fingerprint, photo, and criminal history processors:
State and federal mandates for more and better record keeping.
Public safety and government efficiency are sacrificed when public servants are unable to rely on information systems to support critical decision-making needs. Policy makers lack access to reliable data and statistics on which to measure the effectiveness of laws, policies, and programs. Scarce human resources are wasted on repetitive tasks that could be automated or eliminated - duplicate data entry, paper pushing, and manual research and correction of erroneous data. Alaska cannot afford to continue diverting its criminal and juvenile justice professionals from direct services to record-keeping tasks that can be done more efficiently by an integrated network of computers.
Alaska began planning for an integrated criminal justice information system more than 5 years ago. Alaska's criminal justice community has laid an excellent foundation for this project by accomplishing the following steps with an investment of over $14 million:
Adopted model criminal justice information legislation.
Convened a multijurisdictional policy oversight committee.
Written needs assessments and strategic plans for some agencies.
Upgraded basic infrastructure (workstations and network connections) for some agencies.
Migrated to modern fingerprint processing technology that meets national standards.
Began replacing its correctional offender tracking system.
Began replacing its state prosecutor case management system.
Reached consensus on data exchange standards for criminal history record information.
Implemented interface software allowing the largest law enforcement agency (the Anchorage Police Department) to seamlessly connect to the state's criminal history application and gateway to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) national databases.
This paper articulates a strategic plan consisting of seven initiatives for successful completion of Alaska's integrated justice information system:
Initiative 1 - Maintain multijurisdictional governance and establish a project management structure.
Initiative 2 - Enhance criminal justice information laws, policies, and procedures.
Initiative 3 - Establish technical architecture, direction, and standards.
Initiative 4 - Provide basic infrastructure.
Initiative 5 - Implement mission-critical applications for all agencies.
Initiative 6 - Implement automated data exchanges.
Initiative 7 - Develop training and technical support systems.
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