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IJIS Corrections Projects Continue to Make Progress

Posted By Kathy Gattin, Monday, June 22, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015

In 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law. In August of 2012, the final PREA rule became effective requiring confinement facilities to comply in order to prevent, detect, and respond to all possible PREA occurrences. PREA regulations require agencies to collect data on PREA incidents, with financial penalties for non-compliance. Beginning in 2014, the IJIS Institute, enlisted the help of experts representing key national organizations to form a national PREA Working Group with the goal of creating a national PREA Data Standard that would help agencies to identify critical PREA data elements to exponentially improve overall information sharing, data analysis, and data quality for effective and efficient sharing of information for PREA-related events. Our partner organizations in this effort included: American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, American Probation and Parole Association, Corrections Technology Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Council of State Governments Justice Center, PREA Resource Center, National Institute of Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance, as well as practitioner advisors from six state departments of correction (Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Mississippi and New Mexico). Each of the state departments of correction that participated with the working group were interested in becoming pilot sites for implementation of the PREA Data Standard, and, in late March of 2015, three of these states were selected by BJA as pilot sites for implementation: New Mexico, Iowa, and Arkansas. Project implementation teams have been formed by each of the three pilot sites and IJIS staff will be working with each of the pilots throughout the implementation process.

Along with the PREA Data Standard implementations, efforts are currently underway to implement the Corrections Information Sharing (CIS) Service Specification in Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee corrections agencies. The implementations are a part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Corrections Information Sharing in Support of Reentry projects. The CIS Service Specification was developed with the guidance of an advisory board which included representatives of practice associations, corrections practitioners, and representatives of the technology industry. Although each pilot site has a slightly different information exchange planned with their respective implementation, all are aimed at improving reentry success and, thereby, improving public safety. Although the initial implementations will have a specific focus, the states will be able to expand the data types they exchange in the future using the CIS Service specification which enables offender data exchanges from point of arrest to release from supervision.

Questions about IJIS corrections activities or the PREA Data Standard? Feel free to comment or contact me directly at kathy.gattin@ijis.org.

Tags:  corrections  CTA  implementation  PREA  reentry 

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Fostering Collaboration at the CTA Summit

Posted By Ashwini Jarral, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Last week, IJIS Institute staff attended the Corrections Technology Association’s 2015 Annual Technology Summit held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The theme for the Summit was Collaborate, Connect, and Innovate. Many of you within the IJIS Institute membership will notice that the CTA Summit theme aligns well with the IJIS mission. IJIS Institute and CTA have enjoyed a long-standing partnership through which we have collaborated, connected, and collectively developed innovative products and solutions for the corrections community.

The IJIS Institute met with the CTA leadership in advance of the conference to explore future collaboration opportunities. The meeting was very beneficial as the two organizations have a number of initiatives to work on going forward that will be of benefit to members of both organizations.

The 2015 CTA Annual Technology Summit was a true reflection of the journey that CTA members and IJIS Institute members have taken together to influence the way technology and standards impact day-to-day Corrections operations.

The CTA Summit was attended by CIOs representing more than 25 states and county jails. The agenda for the CTA Summit this year included a keynote address provided by Adam Gelb, Director – Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts. Gelb addressed the audience on the public safety project which helps states advance policies and practices in adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections to promote public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs.

The CTA agenda also include speakers from IJIS Institute member companies HP, Marquis Software, Securus Sierra Systems, Software AG, and included topics on data integration, cloud computing, and the use of geospatial concepts in corrections.

I served as moderator for a workshop session at the conference on Addressing the Data Standardization Challenges Resulting from PREA, that included IJIS Senior Project Manager Kathy Gattin, Fred Roesel, IJIS Corrections Advisory Committee Chair, and John Daugherty, CIO for the Montana Department of Corrections. The session provided an overview on the development of the PREA Data Standard to a very full room of interested CTA conference attendees. The feedback we received on the CTA Summit PREA workshop was very positive and enthusiastic, with many states and counties interested in adoption of the PREA Data Standard.

Tags:  Alliance Partner  Cloud Services  Collaboration  Corrections  CTA  Geospatial  PREA 

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