Integrated Criminal Justice Information System
ICJIS facilitates the integration of disparate information systems among Maricopa County criminal justice departments, for the purpose of reducing expenses resulting from non-integrated criminal justice systems.
The mandated mission of ICJIS is to facilitate the integration of disparate information systems among Maricopa County criminal justice departments, for the purpose of reducing expenses resulting from non-integrated criminal justice systems. At the time, non-integrated system expenses included:
- Criminal Justice departments not sharing data of common interest
- Difficulties in planning and assessing the effectiveness of criminal justice programs due to the lack of comprehensive data
- Duplicate and redundant data entry and data collection
- Failure to use a unique common identifier for incidents and offenders
- Incomplete and untimely data collection using paper based processes
- Inconsistencies between paper files and computer databases within and between agencies
The Governance of ICJIS has evolved over time and currently has the following:
- Business Team - reports to Executive Committee for planning and priorities. Typical members are an Administrator, a Chief Deputy, or IT Director. This group meets monthly.
- Executive Committee - highest level group that sets policy, direction and budget. Typical members are Presiding Judge, Sheriff, County Attorney, and Clerk of the Court, Public Defender, and County Manager. This group meets quarterly.
- Technical Group (JaLET) - reports to Business Team for technology, security and project management. Typical members are IT Managers, Security Officers, Application and Infrastructure Managers. This group meets biweekly.
ICJIS is a Maricopa County department, formed in 2000 as a result of passage of Propositions 400 and 401 in 1998. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors urged voters to "adopt the propositions as vital public safety measures." The propositions generated a one-fifth of a cent sales tax to be used over seven years for:
- Financing construction of new adult and juvenile facilities
- Funding the implementation and integration of criminal justice information systems for the purpose of reducing the expense of adult and juvenile jail facilities
- Maintaining and operating adult and juvenile jail facilities
Recent Accomplishments & Future Directions
- Assist stakeholders with integration work while implementing new case management systems
- Assistance with stakeholder business process re-engineering efforts such as:
- Cashless kiosks
- Distribution of electronic discovery packets of documents
- Electronic citations from Sheriff's Deputies
- Electronic filing of petitions to revoke and pre-sentence reports
- Electronic plea agreements
- Automated warrant quashes for Justice Court from MCSO and DPS
- Data exchanges for Juvenile Delinquency and Abuse and Neglect case data
- Data Exchanges of departmental police reports for the 26 police agencies in Maricopa County
- Data Sharing with the Arizona Department of Corrections
- Data Sharing with the Attorney General's Office
- Data Sharing with Correctional Health Services, Public Health, Pharmacies and Labs
- Enhancements for Justice Web Interface (JWI) and CHD that aid Maricopa County agencies
- Explore options for a Maricopa County Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement data repository
- Increase the number of electronic warrant types processed
- Integration assistance in support of Electronic Health Record exchanges and the Affordable Care Act
- Integration assistance in support of the Maricopa County Re-Entry Initiative
- Review and research options for a JWI Consortium, allowing for even greater use of JWI among Maricopa County police departments
The Justice Web Interface (JWI) is a law enforcement and criminal justice portal developed and owned by Maricopa County.
Data Access / Not Data Storage
The JWI does not store data; it provides access to over 265 legacy data sources along with many integrated data sources. JWI access to data sources is used to assemble related information and photos that can be rendered into an easy to read format for judges, probation officers, investigators, police officers and investigators.
JWI development is very closely tied to the Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS) policies and benefits from an open dialogue between the state and the agencies, which are licensed to use the system. Now JWI has expanded its reach into interstate and federal resources and has become a universal application within Maricopa County for criminal justice information and research.
JWI is enhanced regularly by internal Maricopa County departments as well as external agencies licensed to use and maintain the application.
By agreement and practice, the majority of enhancements to JWI by outside entities are shared with internal Maricopa County users. This sharing of enhancements has served Maricopa County well, saving money, time and resources.
Examples of shared enhancements include:
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JWI is licensed by Maricopa County to a number of entities outside of Maricopa County government, including:
Current Maricopa Government agencies using JWI:
JWI is a unique, modular "open-sourced" design (depicted below) which is built expressly for use in city, county, state and federal law enforcement and criminal justice environments.
On any given day, JWI is used to:
- Enter all state and national warrants issued within Maricopa County.
- Enter and inquire against missing or unidentified persons in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
- Gather and assess criminal histories for initial appearance, charging and pre-sentence reports.
- Register and inquire against stolen items such as guns, vehicles, boats, securities, and articles at the local and national level.
- Identify subjects using AZ driver's license photos. Motor Vehicle Department Photo is used for tasks ranging from traffic stops to probationer identification to the prosecution of check fraud and identity theft.
- Register approximately 90% of the sex offenders in the state of Arizona (AZ).
Data Exchange Application Development
Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (ICJIS) has developed a number of internal applications that facilitate access to, generation of, and exchange of data and information between the justice and law enforcement agencies of Maricopa County.
All applications are run within the ICJIS infrastructure and are connected to each stakeholder case management system via the ICJIS Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).
Common Case Number (CCN)
The CCN is the unique identifying element for case information, and facilitates the flow of information, both automated and manual, between the participating agencies. The CCN (ex: CR2013-0012340-001) is stored in each stakeholder case management system's database.
Criminal History & Dispositions
The CHD application is used to render JWI results into an easy to read, formatted, sorted, summarized worksheet for judges, prosecutors, investigators and probation officers. The CHD also includes a photo of the subject and replaces dozens of pages with just a few.
The electronic warrant application is used to capture warrant information throughout the process in one place. From request, to approval by a judge, to issuance through the Sheriff's Office to the Department of Public Safety (state police) and the federal warrant repository, the application tracks the metadata and the electronic document itself. The system applies court and clerk seals and electronically files and eventually quashes the warrant.
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