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COVID-19 Update from the IJIS Executive Director

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Valued IJIS Institute Members, Associates and Partners:

Let me start by thanking all our first responders and health and public safety professionals who are tirelessly responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, protecting us and are dedicated to keeping our communities safe.  I also hope that you, and your families and friends are safe and healthy. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to keep you updated on our IJIS status during this unprecedented and critical time in our history.  We are happy to report that IJIS business activities are moving forward without great challenge.  This is due to our staff and the infrastructure we put in place during the last few years, and because of that planning, COVID-19 has had little impact while we conduct our normal business operations. Thankfully we continue to serve our members and government customers without interruption. 

I am also glad to report that we continue to secure new members who believe in our mission and who see an opportunity through IJIS, to engage and contribute to the community during these tough times.  IJIS has continued to grow our program side of the business and we have created even more opportunities for our members.  To help support our constituency during the COVID-19 crisis, I am also happy to report that we were able to pull together a resource page that provides information on various solutions and capabilities offered by our members and made available to the public safety community.  That link to our website is as follows: If you have a solution or a resource that you would like to post on this page, please feel free to submit that through the following site:

Other updates to share include our continued review of options for our summer Membership and Mid-Year Briefing currently scheduled for July 15-16th in Orlando, Florida.  As we explore various options and ultimately make the final decision on how to deliver this valuable event, I would like to request your input to this process.  We have created a short survey to collect your feedback.  Please use the following link at to submit your feedback over the next week.  Your input will be greatly appreciated.  We hope to make the final decision about the event by mid-May and we will share that news soon thereafter.

In closing, I would like to thank each of you for supporting the IJIS Institute during these tough times.  Your commitment to our mission, and your engagement with the committees, task forces, projects and initiatives is especially appreciated. We could not be successful without your continued involvement with IJIS. Together, we will overcome this pandemic and hope to gather soon to discuss our collective role in trying to stop this kind of situation from happening again in our lifetime, or ever! 

Please stay safe and healthy.

Best Regards,

Ashwini Jarral

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The Weight of Evidence

Posted By Paul Wormeli, Innovation Strategist, Wormeli Consulting LLC, Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Many law enforcement agencies have procured or are considering the acquisition of body-worn video cameras designed to document interactions with the public. Cities and counties throughout the country have decided to invest in these devices and the associated storage required primarily based on the premise that these cameras will document any evidence of the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers. The assumptions made about the use of the BWCs is that their presence will deter the use of excessive force but in the event that deterrence fails there will be evidence of misbehavior that can be used to achieve the ends of justice.  

Police officers and agencies have been open and in many cases encouraging about the decisions of their communities to acquire these capabilities. The thinking seems to have been that the police believe the very act of recording people in their interaction with police will influence better behavior and less unwarranted complaints about police behavior.  

The combination of pressure from community groups along with at least acquiescence from police has resulted in the adoption of these technologies in well over half of the police departments in the U.S. The trend continues as more and more cities and counties decide to adopt body-worn cameras, even though the research conducted to date gives rise to questions about the extent to which these devices achieve the desired objectives. In a review of the research conducted regarding the effects of the adoption of body-worn cameras in policing, Cynthia Lum and her colleagues discovered that the impact is not what advocates expected from these devices. [1] The evidence of reducing the police use of force is mixed in the 70 studies reviewed, and the effects on the public are also not as clear as proponents might have desired.  

But there is another aspect of the impact of these devices that has been often overlooked in the analysis leading to the decision to deploy these devices. When policies about when to make recordings are written to ensure that officers turn on and keep on the recording, a substantial amount of video recording is generated. Estimates are that 4 hours of video recordings are generated in a single shift. The amount of video generated is overwhelming.  What many jurisdictions fail to take into account is that some percentage of this video material becomes evidence when it is associated with an arrest and subsequent trial. And when this mountain of evidence is forwarded to the prosecutor along with the case records, the prosecutor is obligated under federal and state laws to review the evidence to provide any exculpatory information to the defense attorney and also to redact any personal privacy information that is not relevant so as to protect the privacy and civil liberties of people who may have inadvertently be captured on the video.   

The cost impact of the obligation to review and redact the video from body-worn cameras creates a very unexpected weight of evidence that is formidable. There is a general finding that for every 50-100 cameras deployed, the jurisdiction doing so will need to hire one additional attorney.  In Virginia, the commonwealth has justified paying for one additional attorney for every 75 cameras deployed in local jurisdictions.  

Most jurisdictions have embarked on the deployment of body-worn cameras without taking into consideration the costs of dealing with the evidence generated by these devices, and the obligations of the criminal justice system to properly deal with the evidence that is generated. One of the challenges that must be faced is that in many jurisdictions the criminal justice agencies are quite separate from the law enforcement agencies in terms of budget coherence and organizational decision-making. When a city within a county makes the decision to proceed, in many cases the obligation and the cost impact falls on the county where the prosecutor agency exists. 

A more unified consideration of the costs can be made in consolidated jurisdictions.   In the metropolitan area of Nashville and Davidson County, the mayor and council are faced with both the police costs and the criminal justice system implications, and the District Attorney General there was sufficiently concerned about the potential implications of body-worn cameras on the cost of the required evidentiary response that he commissioned a study to develop a life-cycle cost model that could be used as a framework for making policy decisions on how to handle the potentially overwhelming amount of evidence that would be generated from the deployment of over 3,000 cameras. The study and the cost model were assigned to Wormeli Consulting and the report can be found below.  

The outcome of this study was the decision to implement body-worn cameras in Nashville incrementally, so as to enable the collection of the data from early deployments that would drive a more informed set of policies on how to handle this evidence and still meet the obligations that the criminal justice system has to protect privacy and ensure the fair administration of justice.

Disruptive and innovative new technologies often come with unforeseen consequences that revise the economic as well as the operational assumptions on which their deployment was based. It is always helpful to think through the operational concept in detail so as to understand the implications of a paradigm change that such new technology brings.  

[1] Lum, C,  Stoltz, M,  Koper, CS,  Scherer, JA.  Research on body‐worn cameras: What we know, what we need to know. Criminology & Public Policy.  2019; 18: 93– 118.

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The ITAC Series - Investigating Rapid DNA: Use Cases, Limitations and its Future

Posted By Collin Evans & Alex McAdoo, Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020


In our most recent blog series, Exploring the Advisory Committees, we took a deep dive into one of the many benefits of taking part in the IJIS community; being an active participant on the IJIS Advisory Committees. The advantages of being a member on these cross-sector, collaborative committees were highlighted through the exploration of committee membership, their achievements, and goals for the future. All while promoting the IJIS mission of driving public sector technology innovation and empowering information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.

As depicted in the IJIS Technology and Architecture’s Advisory Committee’s (ITAC) portion of the series, the ITAC provides information and guidance to industry and practitioners regarding technologies, architectures, and standards that enable the successful adoption of technology and sharing of information. Over the next several months, the ITAC and its committee members will be releasing a series of short research “spotlight” blogs on a variety of different technologies related to the committee’s objectives. The committee will be focusing on topics that are innovative, emerging, underpublicized and not universally understood within the public sector community.

While this blog concentrates on RapidDNA: Use Cases, Limitations and its Future, we would love to hear your feedback on other technologies of curiosity moving forward. For any questions, comments, or inquiries about joining the ITAC, please contact:  


Since the 1980’s, DNA profiling has arguably become one of the most important technologies available to law enforcement and public safety.  Throughout the past three decades, DNA evidence has been crucial in identifying criminals and homicide and disaster victims, as well as in determining genetic relationships. The accuracy and specificity of DNA analysis, as well as the ability to work with trace amounts of evidence, have provided the public safety community with an indispensable tool that has largely revolutionized the practice of law enforcement.

Despite its positive impact, DNA identification presents challenges related to cost, complexity, and efficiency.  DNA analysis is typically performed in a laboratory, requiring expensive equipment and highly-trained personnel.  Given these specialized and limited resources, backlogs are not uncommon, and test results may not be available for days, weeks, or even months.

Rapid DNA is a technology that provides the same accuracy as traditional DNA profiling but does so without the need for a laboratory or expert technicians.  The system is an “all-in-one” device capable of automatically producing a DNA profile from a sample.  As the name implies, the turnaround time is also significantly shorter – often as little as 90 minutes.

This blog is intended to provide a high-level overview of Rapid DNA technology, its use cases, limitations and future outlook.

What is Rapid DNA?

Rapid DNA is a process that allows for the fully-automated development of a DNA profile from a reference sample.  Rapid DNA implementations are self-contained, portable and require minimal training to operate.  Without human involvement, these devices automatically extract, amplify, separate and analyze a sample. Analysis results may then be exported to other specialized software for further review.  The process is essentially “swab in – profile out” with no manual steps in between.

The Rapid DNA devices themselves are small and portable, often the size of a kitchen microwave.  As such, they are useful in-house and in the field.  Their operation requires minimal training and can be used by a wide variety of personnel, regardless of job function or background.

Use Cases

Although Rapid DNA technologies serve many of the same use cases as traditional laboratory-based DNA testing, the speed, portability and convenience of Rapid DNA profiling enhances these use cases by providing information more quickly using less infrastructure and at a lower cost.

Examples include:

  • Arrest and Booking: Suspect DNA profiles can be created in-station upon arrest and booking.  This profile can be quickly matched to existing cases.  Traditionally, such an identification could only be obtained in days or weeks, at which point the subject may no longer be in custody.
  • Corrections: Collection of DNA profiles upon intake can be performed entirely on-site by existing staff.  Corrections management systems are immediately updated and profile information is automatically transmitted to external repositories.
  • Victim Identification: Positive identification of crime and accident victims can be obtained quickly while on-site.  This capability is valuable during mass-casualty events where numerous victims may require identification.
  • Laboratory Analysis: Rapid DNA systems can augment and streamline existing laboratory capabilities for routine DNA analysis.  Laboratory efficiency is increased, and staff are able to focus on more specialized tasks.

Limitations and Challenges

While suitable for routine DNA-based identification when high-quality samples are available, Rapid DNA, in its current form, cannot replace all forms of DNA profiling.  In particular, samples must be of sufficient quantity and quality, and samples containing multiple profiles often require further expert testing and analysis to fully interpret the results.

As a developing technology, Rapid DNA use also presents regulatory and governance challenges, although recent progress has been made.  The Rapid DNA Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-50), passed into law in August 2017, allows the FBI to proceed with development and testing of Rapid DNA processes, procedures and devices.  This testing is on-going, with a goal to collect and search for DNA profiles on-site during the booking process.

The FBI provides a detailed overview of its Rapid DNA initiatives on their website. 


Rapid DNA technology offers cost and efficiency benefits when used to perform routine DNA analysis of quality samples.  The simplicity of operation and self-contained nature of the equipment enables on-site DNA profiling by personnel with only minimal training.  Additionally, results are obtained far more quickly than with traditional laboratory processes, allowing law enforcement and public safety to react to developing situations with more information.

As technology improves and the regulatory environment evolves, the use of Rapid DNA profiling in law enforcement and public safety applications will increase.  Initial steps have been taken to develop guidance on Rapid DNA use, and the FBI generally supports the development of the technology. 

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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part V - Technology and Architecture Committee

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This blog series provides an inside look into the benefits of being an active participant on the IJIS Institute’s Advisory Committees. Throughout this series, we detailed committee membership, while highlighting accomplishments and examining future objectives. We also explored the CJIS Advisory Committee, the Corrections Advisory Committee and the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee. This blog focuses on the IJIS Technology and Architecture Advisory Committee (ITAC).

The ITAC provides information and guidance to industry and practitioners regarding technologies, architectures, and standards that enable the successful adoption of technology and sharing of information. The committee focuses on topics that are innovative, emerging, underpublicized and not universally understood within the public sector community.

Chaired by Anil Sharma, lead software client architect for IBM, the ITAC has 10 members with impressive experience and expertise across the public and private sectors. The Committee’s work with technologies and standards helps government and industry drive innovation, increases success and reduces risk, contributing to sophisticated and powerful technology tools today and in the future. The Committee’s goals are achieved through white papers and position papers, providing technology, standards and architecture guidance, and presenting at conferences and webinar presentations.

Shortly after its creation in June 2018, the Committee identified artificial intelligence as a future topic of interest. Since then, ITAC recently published a white paper on Artificial Intelligence in Justice and Public Safety, and its members presented at numerous conferences on behalf of the Committee, including the Association of Public-Safety Communications’ (APCO) annual event and the Courts Technology Conference in September. The white paper provides insight into the enormous potential that AI offers to improve nearly every analytical process used by companies and government agencies, while highlighting some of the implementation challenges agencies may face within these domains.

Under the Technology and Architecture Advisory Committee is the IJIS Institute’s Blockchain Task Force, which is chaired by Anne Thompson of Thompson | Finn Consultants. This Task Force explores blockchain technology capabilities and applies them to business use cases in the public safety, criminal justice, and government sectors. Additionally, it identifies the benefits of implementing blockchain technology and the potential risks and mitigations.

On June 20, 2019, the Task Force led the inaugural Blockchain Technology Summit, co-sponsored by the IJIS Institute and Microsoft. This one-day event gave executives from federal, state and local government agencies the opportunity to engage in free-flowing discussions with technology industry leaders on applications for blockchain technologies that support government agency operations. The event was a huge success that included a wide variety of speakers, including Jose Arrieta, the chief information officer from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Task Force will provide similar supplementary summits in the future.

Furthermore, the Task Force will soon publish a “Use Case Assessment on Protective Orders” white paper. This paper will help those in information management and exchange roles within the justice and public safety communities to understand how blockchain technology can address challenges faced when managing and sharing information among agencies at the local, state and federal level. Specifically, it investigates the protective order use case for Missouri, and how blockchain technologies can be used to address security, authority, validity and auditability challenges.

In conclusion, the ITAC will strive to become a technology thought leader by educating government, national standards practice associations and research/academic organizations. Additionally, the Committee seeks to raise awareness within the industry community through the IJIS Institute’s collaborative platforms, which are available to its members and associates.

For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s Technology and Architecture Committee, or to inquire about joining the Committee, please contact staff liaison, Alex McAdoo, at

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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part IV - Courts

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Over the past several weeks, this blog series has examined the importance of the IJIS Advisory Committees and their work in collaborating with the public and private sectors. The unique alliances formed through member participation in advisory committees help the IJIS Institute achieve our important mission of driving public sector technology innovation and empowering information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.

Part two of this series focused on the CJIS Advisory Committee, while part three concentrated on the Corrections Advisory Committee. This blog focuses on the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee (ICAC).

The ICAC promotes the innovation, adoption and effective use of court information technology to support civil and criminal justice communities while advancing an open dialogue among leading industry providers, courts practitioners and practitioner organizations. Through the ICAC, IJIS Institute member companies work to increase industry and government awareness and understanding of the importance of standards, technology challenges that impact the courts community, and how vital court information can be shared with other entities. The ICAC includes representatives of practitioner agencies and organizations including the Court Information Technology Officer’s Consortium (CITOC), National Center for State Courts (NCSC), National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), National Association for Court Management (NACM), and the Joint Technology Committee (established by the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), NACM and NCSC).

Chaired by Joe Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer for MTG Management Consultants, the ICAC has 29 active members with extensive courts experience and expertise. The ICAC supports innovation, adoption and effective use of court information technologies using standards, applications, information sharing, and management best practices. The ICAC is currently focusing on the following projects and topic areas:

  • Court Component Model
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Solution Provider Directory
  • National Court Data Standards
  • Litigant Portals
  • Cloud Solution Certification Requirements

Two years ago, the ICAC created (and now maintains) the Court Technology Provider Directory, accessible on the IJIS Institute website. This free service provides court technology professionals with the ability to search for court technology solution providers and research a multitude of available products and solutions. The directory uses the  Court Component Model as a basis for categorizing the products within the directory.

Additionally, the ICAC has supported and collaborated in the development of white papers on a variety of different topics in the industry. Some of these resources include, but are not limited to: GDPR for US Courts, Marketing a Court Website: Helping the Public Find the Court Online, The Role of Courts in Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS), and Cloud Computing for the Courts.

In the upcoming year, the ICAC will be hosting the 2020 Courts Industry Summit. This one of a kind event aims to provide a vital understanding of court demand for information technology, while allowing an opportunity for industry technology leaders to engage in free-flowing discussion with practitioners. Leaders in the national court community discuss what problems and opportunities they face and where they see their investments in technology over the next five years. The collaborative event will also provide forthright insights on marketing to the courts and their justice partners.

The Committee is, at its core, a facility for connecting organizations and professionals working to improve the delivery of justice using technology. Looking ahead, ICAC members will be working shoulder to shoulder with experts from the courts community to address topics including the use of augmented intelligence in court applications, the effective use of data and algorithms in bail decisions, expanding the domain of the trial courts as an electronic forum for resolving disputes, and cyber security.

For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s Courts Advisory Committee, or to inquire about joining the Committee, please contact staff liaison, Diane Ragans, at

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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part III - Corrections

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Part one of this blog series discussed the importance of the IJIS Advisory Committees in fostering collaboration and dialogue between the public and private sectors, while the second blog described the work of the CJIS Advisory Committee. Blog three of our six-part series focuses on the Corrections Advisory Committee (CAC).

The IJIS CAC promotes partnerships and advances open dialogue among leading industry providers, corrections practitioners and the key practitioner organizations whose members represent local, state, and federal corrections focused initiatives. IJIS CAC practitioner organizations whose members collaborate both individually, and representing their respective organizations, include the American Corrections Association (ACA), Corrections Technology Association (CTA), American Parole and Probation Association (APPA), American Jail Association (AJA), and the Correctional Leadership Association (CLA, formerly known as ASCA). The 16 IJIS CAC members routinely:

  •  Evaluate proposed initiatives
  •  Identify opportunities for new or improved information sharing standards
  •  Develop white papers
  •  Publish corrections-specific standards documents
  •  Deliver workshops
  •  Sponsor national training events
  •  Provide further guidance on other corrections-related issues

The IJIS CAC has two working groups and one task force, working to advance specific goals within its mission. Currently, the Corrections Technology Provider Directory Working Group is developing a searchable product and services directory specific to the corrections industry. This new directory is modeled after the successful Courts Technology Provider Directory pioneered by the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee. Once the Corrections Provider Directory is operational, corrections agency staff can access it on the IJIS website, initiate searches for specific product/service categories, and receive a list of products/services by provider.

The IJIS CAC stood up a task force to help launch the IJIS Institute’s fourth Corrections Leadership Technology Forum. This biennial event brings together over eighty corrections leaders from across the nation for a three-day working session to address the latest challenges and technology developments affecting the corrections community overall. Attendees include state corrections directors / commissioners and secretaries and their Chief Information Officers (CIOs), local jail administrations and CIOs, and directors and administrations from within the probation, parole and community correction area along with their CIOs / Chief Technology Officers. The Forum covers various topics, such as technology for detecting contraband and other methods of interdiction, serving special needs populations, and addressing new and emerging technology and threats.  

In addition, the Corrections Information Technology Recognition Working Group was established to create an IJIS Corrections Information Technology Recognition program. This inaugural recognition honors a team achievement for the technical innovation between an industry partner(s) and one or more practitioner agencies that significantly contributed to the advancement of corrections information technology in the public sector. The recipient(s) of the new recognition will be announced at the upcoming IJIS National Symposium, February 26-27, 2020.

Other noteworthy IJIS CAC accomplishments include publishing the first document entitled the Value of Corrections Information Sharing, and in 2017, the updated version of the original 2004 document entitled Common Business Functions for Correctional Management Systems, and the latest published document entitled Corrections Tech 2020 – Technological Trends in Custodial & Corrections whitepaper. The IJIS CAC members have also participated in the IJIS led, BJA funded Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Data Standard Work Group and served as subject matter experts in the IJIS workgroup responsible for the development of the national information sharing standard for State Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN).

Committee members are also engaged in outreach activities that included participating in workshops at three recent training conferences, presenting at two international corrections conferences, and establishing a dialogue between IJIS and the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) regarding partnership opportunities.

Through these activities, the IJIS CAC expanded its outreach and exposure, enhanced the IJIS Institute’s effectiveness in serving its constituents, and contributed to improving the overall corrections mission in prisons, jails, and community corrections facilities. The IJIS CAC looks forward to publishing white papers that serve the industry and practitioners, delivering valuable corrections-focused workshops, conducting additional outreach activities, and identifying innovative ways to improve technology and information sharing in corrections.

For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s Corrections Advisory Committee, or to inquire about joining the Committee, please contact staff liaison, Kathy Gattin, at  

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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part II - Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS)

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Thursday, October 3, 2019

Part one of this six-part blog series, Exploring the IJIS Institute’s Advisory Committees, discussed the importance of fostering the participation of diverse perspectives from both the public and private sectors. This aspect is crucial to help advance the organization’s important mission of promoting safer and healthier communities through public sector innovation and information sharing. The formation of the IJIS Institute’s Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Advisory Committee is in direct correlation with that mission, all while striving to support and improve information sharing solutions across the federal, state and local levels.

The CJIS Advisory Committee promotes partnerships and advances open dialogue between industry and key practitioner organizations that represent federal, state and local information sharing initiatives. The Committee evaluates proposed CJIS initiatives, identifies opportunities for new or improved information-sharing standards, develops white papers and provides further guidance on issues related to CJIS. The 15 members on this committee have profound backgrounds in improving criminal justice information-sharing initiatives. The committee is composed of federal, state and local practitioners, and industry experts. Their diverse backgrounds have proven to be crucial in the successful completion of Committee objectives.

All IJIS Advisory Committees can establish a task force or working group to focus on advancing specific information sharing initiatives or solutions. These sub-groups are led by IJIS Members from the respective advisory committee and additional participants with topic-specific skills and experience are enlisted from IJIS’ wider membership. The CJIS Advisory Committee currently has three active sub-groups engaged in advancing specific goals within its mission of improving information sharing standards and solutions. Specifically, the Background Check Working Group concentrates on collecting information and evaluating existing processes around the country used for non-law enforcement background checks, primarily within the Justice and Health Services domains. In August of 2018, the Working Group created a State Background Check Portal, which provides up-to-date information on state policies and processes for conducting non-law enforcement background checks. This portal provided as a resource for members of the technology industry when initiating background checks in the course of their work with law enforcement agencies.

The Committee’s N-DEx / NIBRS Task Force focuses on issues related to N-DEx and NIBRS. A recent deliverable is an informative N-DEx - NIBRS Compare and Contrast resource, developed with local law enforcement and the RMS provide community as audiences, to help to eliminate the mystery and misconceptions about N-DEx and NIBRS data collection and submission.

One recent success story was the Committee’s Web Services Working Group. The FBI UCR program began to emphasize XML, and specifically the NIBRS IEPD as the preferred format for NIBRS submissions of incident data from state UCR programs. The Advisory Committee saw a need to modernize the method of transporting those CML files, and more broadly for state UCR systems to communicate with the FBI’s new UCR system. The Advisory Committee spun-up a Web Services Working Group that included IJIS member companies; state program managers, through a partnership with their member organization, the Association of State UCR Program (ASUCRP); and technical representatives from the FBI-CJIS Division. This strong collaborative worked over the course of over a year to define a draft web services specification; create web services definition language (WDL) file; and partner on testing the interactions of the web service. As a result, the FBI has made web service communications available to state programs, which promises to greatly improve the timeliness of NIBRS submissions, and to enhance and streamline the back-and-forth communications required to resolve errors submitted incident data.

Through the completion of these projects and deliverables, the Committee has gained further access and participation to a larger audience of industry experts and practitioner executives, which help improve the effectiveness of both current and future projects. Looking forward, the Committee will continue to strategically support national information sharing initiatives and identify mechanisms to aid with the adoption of current solutions and initiatives. For example, the Committee will be organizing a cross-committee working group seeking to provide clarity on security concerns given the trend toward cloud-hosted criminal justice solutions.

For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s CJIS Advisory Committee, or to inquire about joining the CJIS Advisory Committee, please contact staff liaison, Robert May, at

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IJIS Institute Corrections Advisory Committee Chair, Fred Roesel, Awarded CTA Leadership Award

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ashburn VA, Sept. 19, 2019. The IJIS Institute – a nonprofit alliance working to promote and enable technology in the public sector and expand the use of information to maximize safety, efficiency, and productivity across several major public-sector domains, including: Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and Transportation – would like to congratulate our esteemed IJIS Corrections Advisory Committee Chair, Fred Roesel, for receiving the 2019 Corrections Technology Association (CTA) Leadership Award!  IJIS Executive Director, Ashwini Jarral would like to express a special thank you  to our alliance partner organization, CTA, for choosing Mr. Roesel for such a well-deserved honor!  The CTA Leadership Award is announced at their Annual Technology Summit to acknowledge an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of corrections. The typical recipient of this award has been in the field of corrections for over 20 years and makes contributions on a national level. This year’s award was presented to Mr. Roesel on June 2nd in Scottsdale, Arizona.


IJIS Executive Director, Ashwini Jarral , offers his sincere congratulations to Mr. Roesel and noted that “under the years of leadership Mr. Roesel has volunteered to the IJIS Institute, he has helped position IJIS as one of the leading organizations in addressing information sharing, emerging technologies and overcoming many of the challenges faced by the Correction community.  He has been a leading example of the support provided to the IJIS Institute and their mission since 2011. He previously served on the Board of Directors and currently holds the Chair position for the Institute’s Corrections Advisory Committee.”


When it comes to working in corrections, there are very few individuals with a more dedicated and decorated career than Fred Roesel. From a young age, Mr. Roesel has been ingrained in the law enforcement and corrections communities. When his father was a sheriff and Roesel was home from college on the weekends, he helped by taking shifts in his county jail, handling booking, managing inmates, answering phones and dispatching calls, solidifying a deep passion for a career in this field.


More recently, Mr. Roesel spent over 30 years working for the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). After working his way up the ladder, Mr. Roesel spent the majority of his time at the FDOC as the Division Chief of Classification and Records. In this role, Roesel had statewide oversight of the intake, classification, transfer, assignment and release of over 90,000 inmates across 75 prisons. In 2007, Mr. Roesel took his prolific experience from the public sector to Marquis Software, which is now recognized as one of the most reputable and long serving industry partners in the corrections software space. Now as a Business Architect for Marquis, he supports client relations, partnership development, implementations, corrections assessments and much more. 

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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part I

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The IJIS Institute is the only national membership organization that brings together the innovative thinking of the private sector, the practitioners, national practice associations, and academic organizations that are working to solve public sector information and technology challenges.

While there are many benefits of joining the IJIS community, this blog will be the first of a six-part series that explores the advantages and benefits of being an active participant on IJIS Institute advisory committees. Throughout this blog series, we will dive into each of the five committees with an aim to educate and raise awareness of the advisory committee objectives and current projects taking place within these groups.

Our mission at the IJIS Institute is to drive public sector technology innovation and empower information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities, and we use advisory committees to help carry out this work. Advancing on this powerful mission would not be possible without the participation of diverse perspectives from both the public and private sector on the advisory committees. The necessity of bringing together these important perspectives by creating a sustainable platform to allow for these discussions to take place across multiple mission areas was the integral reason for forming the IJIS advisory committees, and it continues to drive our mission and help identify our future objectives and priorities.

First, the CJIS Advisory Committee, brings together industry leaders and government practitioners who develop, support and manage criminal justice information sharing initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. The Corrections Advisory Committee focuses on advancing information sharing standards among the jail, institutional and community corrections communities. Next, the Courts Advisory Committee works to promote the innovation, adoption, and effective use of court information technology to support civil and criminal justice communities. The IJIS Technology and Architecture Committee provides information to industry and practitioners regarding technologies architectures, and standards that enable the successful adoption of the technology and sharing or enterprise use of information. Lastly, the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee focuses on the advancement of information sharing, emerging technology, and relevant models within the law enforcement community.

Over the next several weeks, we will release a spotlight blog focusing on one of the IJIS advisory committees. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Exploring IJIS Advisory Committee blog series addressing the CJIS Advisory Committee. For any questions, comments or inquiries about joining an IJIS advisory committee, please contact: Provide us with your feedback or let us know what you would like to hear about next on Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook!

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IJIS Institute Elects 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Thursday, August 29, 2019

IT industry leaders will provide strategic guidance and governance of the IJIS Institute


Ashburn, VA, Aug. 29, 2019 —The IJIS Institute - a nonprofit alliance working to promote and enable technology in the public sector and expand the use of information to maximize safety, efficiency, and productivity across several major public-sector domains, including: Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and Transportation - announces the results of its Board of Directors election.  

The annual Board of Directors election resulted in the following individuals being elected to a three-year term:

Other members continuing their terms on the Board are:

Benji Hutchinson, the newly elected Board of Directors’ chairman, stated “I’m honored and enthusiastic to be the incoming Chair of the IJIS Board of Directors and serving with the other Directors. IJIS plays a mission-critical role in coordinating technology investments across the public sector and industry stakeholders.  Increasingly, advanced technologies such as AI and biometrics are critical to many public sector missions, including counter terrorism, crime reduction, enhancement of public safety, minimizing the impact of disasters, and public health.”

The new Board of Directors elected its executive leadership during its first meeting, with Benji Hutchinson as chairman, Dan Twohig as vice chairman, Melissa Winesburg as secretary, Roger Mann as treasurer, and Ben Harrell as the director-at-large.

Ashwini Jarral, Executive Director of the IJIS Institute, said “we are excited about the selection of the IJIS Board of Directors and especially those newly appointed members to our Board. I’m also thrilled to about the appointment of the of the new IJIS Executive Committee. We look forward to their support in helping us achieve our strategic goals in the coming year!”.

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