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Current Practices in Information Integration

There is growing attention on integration as a critical strategy for increasing the effectiveness of multi-jurisdictional, multi-governmental enterprises such as the justice enterprise. As a result, the integration of information across traditional boundaries is growing in importance to the agendas of local, state, and Federal agencies. The emergence of enterprise architecture at the Federal and more and more at the state level is an example of the investments being made in infrastructures to support cross- boundary information sharing.

The justice community in particular is investing in the development of standards, as a form of infrastructure, to support data sharing. For example, an XML Technology Working Group, as part of the Justice Integration Information Technology Initiative of the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, is currently working to coordinate the efforts of federal and state agencies in the design of interoperable standards for criminal history and public safety records.

Selected examples of integrated justice are described in detail below. These examples build understanding of integration efforts by presenting the problems experienced, successful strategies employed, and the benefits obtained. This section describes three county-level and three state-level examples. The case presentations are organized by the following five elements:
  1. Goals of the project
  2. Brief description
  3. Key players
  4. Critical success factors (CSFs)
  5. Challenges and future plans