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Welcome to the Criminal Justice Information Network

Governing Board of North Carolina

 

Special thanks to the agencies that made the November 20th CJIN Board Meeting a success: Maryland State Police, Douglasville PD (GA), NCIS-LInX National Capital Region, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, NCIS-LInX Carolinas, CJLEADS, and the numerous guests that participated – summary of the presentations are listed below in the CJIN Initiatives Section.

 

The North Carolina Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) is a statewide criminal justice infrastructure that allows the sharing of information between state and local criminal justice agencies. North Carolina is recognized in the nation as one of the leading states in developing a statewide criminal justice information network.

The CJIN Board recommends projects to provide more effective communications for law enforcement across the state. To view the approved Budget for the 2013-2015 fiscal years, please click here.

As stated in the 2014 Annual Report to the General Assembly, the CJIN Board has successfully implemented a number of projects, including mobile voice and data, fingerprinting, and court and juvenile justice applications, along with access to federal databases.

The CJIN Board is comprised of the most knowledgeable cross-section of criminal justice professionals assembled in North Carolina and possesses a proven track record of success. Because most statewide projects cross over the jurisdictional boundaries between the Judicial and Executive branches, the membership of the CJIN Board is well represented by both sides and has a history of success in working together.

Information on those initiatives can be found under the tabs below.

CJIN Initiatives

  • Information sharing
  • linx carolinas
  • criminal property information
  • e-court automation
  • pre-trial release
  • inmate medical pilot
  • CJLEADS

INFORMATION SHARING

The Criminal Justice Information Network Governing Board is dedicated to helping solve the challenge of information sharing in North Carolina. Numerous cities, counties and municipalities have shared with the Board the solution being used in their region or area. We also have solutions from other states and Federal agencies. Each of these solutions is linked within this site along with contact information for each of the agencies - agency contact information is provided with every project.

Any agency that is willing to share the details of their projects can contact the CJIN Staff for either posting the information or providing the Board with a presentation or both.

The following is a sample list of information sharing projects:  Pre-Trial Release, NCIS-LInX, CJLEADS, Advanced Authentication, Inmate Medical, Next Generation ID, NC GangNet, Criminal Property Information, Property Appraiser Information, DMV Facial Recognition & Operations, Charlotte Regional Information Sharing System, NCAWARE, e-Citation, Discovery Automation, Clerk Automation, ect.   Details of these projects are located here.

LInX Carolinas

 The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) launched the Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) initiative in 2003.  LInX was designed to enhance information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement in areas of strategic importance to the Department of the Navy; since 2003, LInX has become strategically important to the United States Army and the United States Air Force.  

LInX provides participating law enforcement partner agencies with secure access to regional crime and incident data and the tools needed to process it, enabling investigators to search across jurisdictional boundaries to help solve crimes and resolve suspicious events.  LInX is designed to facilitate cooperation and sharing.  Ownership and control of the data remains with the agency that provided it. 

LInX is organized regionally, with each region having its own Governance Board.   There are currently eleven (11) geographical regions and one (1) region consisting of the law enforcement agencies of the Department of Defense known as the Law Enforcement Defense Data Exchange (D-DEx):  Northeast, National Capital, Virginia, Carolinas, Southeast, Gulf Coast, Rio Grande, California, Northwest, Hawaii, and Midwestern.  NCIS provides program management for both LInX as a whole and for the D-DEx region.  LInX contains data from over 1,800 law enforcement sources.  Additionally, LInX has a cooperative agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Data Exchange (N-DEx).   The combination gives access to law enforcement data from over 4,000 sources

The NCIS-LInX System has provided the CJIN Board with numerous presentations over the last five years; including presentations from NCIS Director Chris Cote, Chief Frank Palombo, NCIS Special Agent Tom Goodman, and NGC Director Mark Harris.  Additionally, Crystal Cody and Donna Sanchez have continued to brief the Board on the Charlotte Regional Information Sharing System and 52 agencies in that region joining the LInX Carolinas System.  Outside the state, the Board has had numerous presentations and discussions with the following LInX Regions – Virginia, Northwest, Southeast, National Capital Region, D-DEx, and N-DEx.

The CJIN Board has been a consistent supporter of the NCIS-LInX System and has approved various resolutions, including expanding the system within North Carolina (currently, over 60% of the state is participating), connecting LInX in NC to N-DEx (all but one other region is connected), work with RMS Vendors in NC to standardized on LInX, etc. 

All the aforementioned presentations, talking points, minutes (workshops, LInX executive committee, & LInX governance board), etc. are posted on the website – please click here.

Criminal Property Information

There have been some lengthy discussions by the CJIN Board regarding the issues surrounding property information that has been identified in a criminal incident.  The Board has addressed both enterprise and local solutions for data warehousing of property information; including potential changes to the State Statutes to include the majority of secondhand dealers, scrap metal, precious metals, etc.  Some of these solutions include changes to city and county ordinances.

The CJIN Board was presented a state enterprise solution by the Maryland State Police; Maryland’s Regional Automated Property Information Database (RAPID), Enterprise Solution, Brian Stephen Gill, First Sergeant, Adam Joseph Stachurski, Captain, and Scott Robert Lantz, Compliance Officer, Maryland State Police, Jack Gee, President, Business Watch International, Bob Moseley, LInX Project Coordinator, National Capital Region.  RAPID is a nationally recognized enterprise solution that was implemented by Maryland and is expanding to Virginia and Delaware.

RAPID is very beneficial to the law enforcement community because it is interconnected to the NCIS-LInX System; RAPID provides LInX with a daily extract of all property records from secondhand dealers in the three aforementioned states.  This is a major step towards single single-on; Property Information Interface to LInX, Bob Moseley, LInX Coordinator, Montgomery County, Chief Frank Palombo, Program Manager, LInX Carolinas, NCIS, Mitch Cunningham, Deputy Chief, Wilmington PD

The Board has been addressing local solutions from within North Carolina; changes to city and county ordinances, along with vendor solutions and in-house solutions.  One of the best and most comprehensive solutions was implemented by Douglasville Police Department and presented to the Board by Detective Mac Abercrombie and Chief Chris Womack, please click here for a YouTube Presentation.

All of the above presentations, ordinances, statutes, along with the previous presentations are available for your review, please click here.

e-Court Automation

The North Carolina DNA Database (§ 15A-266.3A) requires defendants arrested for certain felony offenses to provide DNA samples at arrest rather than waiting for conviction. These samples are collected by local Law Enforcement while fingerprinting defendants at arrest. These samples are forwarded to the SBI to be analyzed and added to the DNA Database. They are then to be used to identify guilty parties as well as exonerate the innocent. If the defendant is later found not guilty, or pleads guilty to a misdemeanor not covered by this statute then the SBI is directed to destroy the sample. (Unless other grounds exist to allow them to keep the sample: i.e. the defendant’s DNA was taken pursuant to a previous felony conviction); 15A-266(3A) requires that in cases where the defendant has been found not guilty, case dismissed or never charged the Defendant shall have his DNA sample expunged from the DNA Database. The statute directs that that the local District Attorney notify the SBI when the DNA should be expunged from the Database.   At the March 29, 2012 CJIN Board meeting a resolution was unanimously passed, recommending an alternative process for handling expunction, please click here for more information about DNA expunction.

Discovery Automation Process for District Attorneys was highlighted along with the benefits to the users, as well as some of the features that the system offers. There were numerous screen shots of the system in action to allow for a more detailed understanding of the look and feel of the system. A timeline was provided for the various releases of the system and a chart of the constituents that are served by the system. To see the DAS Fact Sheet click here.

The NCAWARE system provides an automated, web-based statewide warrant repository to maintain and track criminal processes and offender information.  NCAWARE electronically interfacing to the Local Law Enforcement RMS, a nightly download is now available to all law enforcement that will download into their specific Record Management System; AOC has also deployed a Magistrate Video Project that you can read more about and view the presentation here. For more information on NCAWARE please visit http://www.nccourts.org/news/NCAWAREfacts.asp.

The Administrative Office of the Courts is working with the CJIN Board to try and determine the most efficient way to automate the Clerk of Court Process that includes:

The Clerks of Superior Court act as the hub of court system including serving a judge of probate.  The following list of responsibilities and accountabilities was provided by one of our CJIN Board members, the Honorable Mike McArthur, the list was developed by the Honorable Rachel Joyner, Nash County Clerk of Superior Court: Accounting Department, Domestic Violence, Enforcement of Child Support Orders, Child Support Court, Superior Civil, District Civil, Small Claims – District, Superior Criminal, District Criminal, Issues all Court Process, Magistrates, Jury Pool System, Arbitrates disputes between Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners, Nominates for appointment to Resident Superior Court Judge, Magistrates, Public Administrator, $3 million invested of minors’ funds, Collected over $11 million – 1995, Special proceedings and CSC hearings, Land Sales – Land Division, Sets Attorney Fees, Change of Name Proceedings, Appoints administrators, executors, coordinators, receivers, Appoints court commissioners and jury commissioners, Settlement of boundary line and Cartway Disputes, Foreclosures, attachments, claims, and delivery hearings, Adoption Hearings, Petitions to Open Adoptions, Special Proceedings Confidential (involuntary commitment), Estates of deceased persons, minors, and incompetents, Audits accounts of fiduciaries, Administers estates less than $5,000, and Removal of fiduciaries – contempt power.

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Pre-Trial Release

John Guard of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office gave the CJIN Board several presentations regarding Pre-Trial Release. He was joined by members of the Clerk of Superior Court from Wake, Chowan, and Iredell Counties. There were representatives from the City of High Point and Statesville along with the Board discussed how to ensure that agencies are aware of and how Judges can ensure that pre-trial release is working.

To read more information about Pre-Trial Release and to see presentations by Detective John Guard and Sgt. Dan Miglin along with a Memo from AOC regarding Pre-Trial Release, please click here.

 

Inmate Medical Pilot

The CJIN Board has had several presentations and workshops on the feasibility of creating a medical records repository for inmates; jails and prisons.  The Pitt County Detention Center has taken the lead with this initiative and developed an automated system that tracks inmates, including their medical history with comprehensive medical records.
The last major workshop was attended by numerous county jails, prisons, Adult Corrections, information technology personnel, NC Sheriff’s Association, etc.  The workshop was facilitated by the CJIN Chair Bob Brinson and the major presentation was provided by personnel from Pitt County Detention and the Guard Tracker System - Peter Romary, Gary Leonhardt, Mark Cervi, Clinton Williams, etc.

Additional workshops will be scheduled; however, at this point, the CJIN Staff is suggesting that the Pitt County Automation Project be extended to other jails – potentially, a regional effort comprised of five to ten jails.  Upon successful completion of this pilot, the system could be expanded to other regions and the NC Prison System.  The CJIN Staff is committed to work with jail personnel, in Pitt County and the surrounding counties to ensure that the success of the pilot is documented and hopefully expanded to other regions within NC.  Once the pilot is successful, the CJIN Board will readdress the extraction of medical information for Adult Correction.

To read more about this Pilot, please click here.

 

CJLEADS

Danny Bell, Director of the CJLEADS Program and technical advisory to the CJIN Board provided an update on the progress of the system, Danny was assisted by System Manager Jeanette Lindsey; over 11,000 users are accessing the system every week, release 11 was launched on September 11, 2014. For release 12 there will be an integration with Pistol Permits, DMV enhancements, Gang information enhancements, ability in the advance search to specifically search by scars, marks and tattoos. Looking at pursuing an interface with NCAWARE, trying to develop a way to compare offenders within CJLEADS, and interested in obtaining Federal data. A request was made by Board Member Al Williams, Senior ADA, Buncombe County, if there was a way to get a longer timeout within the courtroom in order for DAs to not have to login after 30 minutes. Danny stated he would bring that up with OITS to determine if it is possible for the Courts to also have a longer timeout such as the 4 hours that law enforcement has. Jeannette gave the Board an overview of the newest enhancements for CJLEADS.

For more information please see CJLEADS Website.

NCAWARE

The NCAWARE system provides an automated, web-based statewide warrant repository to maintain and track criminal processes and offender information.  NCAWARE electronically interfacing to the Local Law Enforcement RMS, a nightly download is now available to all law enforcement that will download into their specific Record Management System; AOC has also deployed a Magistrate Video Project that you can read more about and view the presentation here. For more information on NCAWARE please visit http://www.nccourts.org/news/NCAWAREfacts.asp.

 

Jail Administration - Pitt County Detention Center

The CJIN Staff requested that the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office share with the Board how the use of GuardTracker has automated the Pitt County Detention Center; Major Lawrence Whaley and Sgt. Clinton Williams gave a presentation on the solution that they created for the Detention Center. GuardTracker, which was a solution that Sgt. Clinton Williams developed as they were using a white board and post-it notes, now they have a fully integrated technological solution.  The program has the potential to save jails throughout North Carolina tens of millions of dollars in savings; however, more important are the public safety features of the program that apply to both the guards and the inmates.

 

Click here for more information on Jail Administration

 

Click here for more information on GuardTracker Software

Clerk of the Court Automation

The Administrative Office of the Courts is working with the CJIN Board to try and determine the most efficient way to automate the Clerk of Court Process that includes:

The Clerks of Superior Court act as the hub of court system including serving a judge of probate.  The following list of responsibilities and accountabilities was provided by one of our CJIN Board members, the Honorable Mike McArthur, the list was developed by the Honorable Rachel Joyner, Nash County Clerk of Superior Court: Accounting Department, Domestic Violence, Enforcement of Child Support Orders, Child Support Court, Superior Civil, District Civil, Small Claims – District, Superior Criminal, District Criminal, Issues all Court Process, Magistrates, Jury Pool System, Arbitrates disputes between Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners, Nominates for appointment to Resident Superior Court Judge, Magistrates, Public Administrator, $3 million invested of minors’ funds, Collected over $11 million – 1995, Special proceedings and CSC hearings, Land Sales – Land Division, Sets Attorney Fees, Change of Name Proceedings, Appoints administrators, executors, coordinators, receivers, Appoints court commissioners and jury commissioners, Settlement of boundary line and Cartway Disputes, Foreclosures, attachments, claims, and delivery hearings, Adoption Hearings, Petitions to Open Adoptions, Special Proceedings Confidential (involuntary commitment), Estates of deceased persons, minors, and incompetents, Audits accounts of fiduciaries, Administers estates less than $5,000, and Removal of fiduciaries – contempt power.

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