This week, Members of the IJIS Institute Corrections Advisory Committee and IJIS staff participated in the American Jail Association’s (AJA) 37th Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Sacramento, California (April 21-25, 2018). AJA’s Annual Conference & Jail Expo is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. The conference provides attendees opportunities for education and professional development, networking, and access emerging jail technologies and products.
The IJIS Institute presented Corrections Technology in the Future: Where Are We Heading? on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. This workshop presented the findings from the IJIS Institute’s Corrections Advisory Committee’s Corrections Tech 2020—Technological Trends in Custodial and Community Corrections white paper. The authors identified eight prominent technology trends in corrections, explained how these capabilities are evolving, and discussed where technology may address present and projected business problems. The technology trends discussed included:
- Technological Support for Alternatives to Incarceration,
- Cost Avoidance and Reduction of Workloads,
- Big Data and Advanced Analytics,
- Evidenced-Based Strategies to Manage Correctional Populations,
- Expanded Information Sharing,
- Cyber Security, and
- Standards and Policy.
The presenters were IJIS Members Brian Day and Fred Roesel. Brian Day is the director of product strategy for Syscon Justice Systems and also the chair of the special sub-committee of the IJIS Institute Corrections Advisory Committee that led the effort to research and development the white paper discussed at the workshop. Fred Rosel is the business architect for Marquis Software and the chair of the IJIS Institute Corrections Advisory Committee.
Both Brian and Fred, along with IJIS Institute staff members Bob May and Kathy Gattin, staffed an IJIS Institute booth on the exposition floor, providing information about the organization and our services to conference attendees. They met with representatives from counties, jails, and law enforcement agencies from all over the country, and also engaged with many other exhibitors representing products and services offered to jails and law enforcement agencies.
The IJIS Institute group took time to visit with Robert Kasabian, the executive director of the American Jail Association to discuss common objectives. AJA is a working partner with IJIS in events such as the IJIS Corrections Technology Forums held in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
The IJIS Institute offers our thanks to our Members Syscon Justice Systems and Marquis Software for participating in this important event.