Category:National Justice Data Architecture

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Conceptual Future Target

In an envisioned integrated justice environment of the future, we will see:

  • For every event that occurs in the justice system—from an Incident or an Arrest through Charge Filing, through adjudication, corrections, supervision, and on to post-supervision community services—information is shared proactively among (“pushed to”) the partners in real time, consistent with business need and protection of privacy.
  • When information about an event is shared, business logic transforms and routes information to where it needs to go, to provide information for decision-making and to automate business processes while eliminating the costs of duplicate data entry. Routing can be “horizontal”—between different justice agencies at the same level of government—or “vertical”—between levels of government.
  • Information about past events and the people, places, and things involved in those events, remains in the agency responsible for handling the event. This information is available for inquiry in accordance with business need, privacy protection, and policy-driven access controls. Similarly, information from administrative record sources, such as driver and vehicle licensing information, is also available for inquiry.
  • Information from diverse sources is integrated as much as possible before presentation to practitioners. System-wide shared identifiers are included in each information source, where possible, to enable reliable linking of records; when these identifiers represent persons, they are based upon biometrics where feasible and authorized by policy.
  • Practitioners who make inquiries of integrated justice information use a single secure credential that is sufficient to prove their identity to any data source, and that is sufficient for every data source to use in making access determinations
  • Access to information, retention of information, and quality assurance are critical issues that are addressed through formal policy and operationalized in each agency, as well as the integrated justice enterprise as a whole.
  • A comprehensive approach to governance—including policy-setting, strategy, funding, and decision-making—is in place such that the interests of all stakeholders are appropriately represented
  • Capabilities are in place to support analysis of the performance of the justice system; this includes operational assessment, support for evidence-based programs and practices, business intelligence, and evaluation of programs for effectiveness


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