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Arkansas Integrated Justice Information Systems Begins Pilot

Data system to simplify access statewide.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) was created to improve public safety and the administration of justice by creating a statewide, seamlessly interfaced criminal justice information system in Arkansas. The state IJIS sought a way to provide data to several agencies, including law enforcement, prosecutors and courts.

Acknowledging the scope and challenge of a statewide integration project, the Arkansas IJIS Coordinating Council decided on a data sharing technology pilot project from Templar Corp. that focuses on successful delivery, testing of concepts and creating interest and support for the larger statewide project. Due to its close proximity to Little Rock, moderate size, and support from criminal justice administrators, Faulkner County was chosen as the site for the IJIS pilot.

The immediate objective is to integrate the offices of the Faulkner County Sheriff, the Prosecuting Attorney of the 20th Judicial District, the Faulkner County Circuit Court, and the Faulkner County Detention Facility, for the purpose of sharing criminal justice data.

"Hundreds of hours have already been spent preparing for this project to go online. Once this project is operational, it will be enormously beneficial for Faulkner County and Arkansas criminal justice as a whole. Information can be shared instantly between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, victims, and the courts and reduce the potential for error," said Judge David L. Reynolds, circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District and co-chair of the Faulkner County IJIS Council.
Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.