FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     BJA

Monday, July 23, 2001                                                                                                  202/307-0703

 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES FUNDS TO 26 STATES FOR INFORMATION SHARING INITIATIVES

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Justice Department grants to 26 states totaling more than

$16 million will help them share information across jurisdictional and criminal justice system component lines and lead to improving the way they do business.  The funds will help states link key information systems that include crime and offender information that will lead to better sentencing decisions, enhanced public safety and other benefits derived from more comprehensive, better coordinated criminal justice information systems.

"For too long, the different arms of the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels have not known what the others were doing,” said Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary.  “By helping law enforcement, courts, probation and parole agencies, and other components of the criminal justice system to more effectively share information, we will exponentially enhance public safety.”

The grants are being made under a program authorized by the Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998–more commonly referred to as CITA.  The program is being administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of OJP, in cooperation with the National Governors’ Association’s Center for Best Practices. 

In Fiscal Year 2000, BJA and NGA’s Center for Best Practices provided Information Integration program planning grants of $25,000 to 42 states and hosted a series of information integration workshops that were attended by representatives of state implementation teams  from 45 states. 

These 26 grants will allow selected states to build on that work and lay the groundwork for future national information integration efforts.

“Rapid advances in technology have allowed police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections to build impressive information systems,” said Leary.  “The key is to allow these systems to share information. Judges who have reliable up-to-date arrest records will be able to make better sentencing decisions.  In turn, police who have complete information about outstanding warrants and criminal histories will be in a better position to detain dangerous criminals, who do not belong back on the street.”

The projects being funded with the grants being announced today range from $40,000 to $1 million initiatives.  The projects will last between 12 and 24 months and must contribute directly to improving information sharing among all or some of the law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the state and local levels.

Additional information about BJA is available at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bja

Additional information about NGA’s Center for Best Practices is available at:

                                                               www.nga.org/center

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                                                                                 Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

                                                                 BJA/NGA FY 2001 Justice Information Technology

                                                                               Integration Implementation Project

 

 

  State

 

                             Grantee

 

      Award

    Amount

 

                   Contact

 

               Phone

 

     AZ

 

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

 

$  230,000

 

Michael D. Branham

 

        602/728-0752

 

     AR

 

Arkansas Integrated Justice Information System Coordinating Council

 

$  910,563

 

Brenda Barber

 

        501/682-0053

 

    CO

 

Colorado Department of Public Safety

 

$  700,000

 

C. Suzanne Menncer

 

        303/239-4398

 

     CT

 

The State of Connecticut

 

$ 705,000

 

Theron Schnure

 

        860/418-6340

 

     FL

 

Florida Technology Office

 

$1,000,000

 

Roy Cales

 

        850/410-4777

 

     HI

 

State of Hawaii

 

$1,000,000

 

Carla T. Poirier

 

        808/586-5330

 

     IL

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State of Illinois

 

$   973,660

 

Matt Bettenhausen

 

        312/814-2121

 

     KS

 

Kansas Bureau of Investigation

 

$   239,000

 

Charles W. Sexson

 

        785/296-8200

 

    KY

 

Commonwealth of Kentucky

 

$1,000,000

 

Aldona Valicenti

 

        502/564-1201

 

    MD

 

Maryland Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board

 

$   460,352

 

Stewart Simms

 

        410/339-5000

 

    MA

 

Massachusetts Office of Public Safety

 

$   850,000

 

Jane Perlov

 

        617/727-7775

 

     MI

 

Michigan Department of State Police

 

$   750,000

 

Nancy Becker

 

        517/336-6641

 

    MO

 

State of Missouri

 

$   510,815

 

Gerry Wethington

 

        573/526-7741

 

    MT

 

Montana Department of Justice

 

$     40,000

 

Wulbur Rehmann

 

        406/444-6194

 

     NE

 

State of Nebraska

 

$   336,200

 

Michael Overton

 

        402/471-3992

 

     NJ

 

New Jersey Dept. of Law and Public Safety

 

$   350,000

 

Steven Talpas

 

        609/984-0634

 

    NM

 

Supreme Court of New Mexico

 

$   800,000

 

Bob Stafford

 

        505/476-0400

 

    NY

 

New York Division of Criminal Justice Services

 

$   757,600

 

Clyde Deweese

 

        518/485-2295

 

    NC

 

State of North Carolina

 

$   600,000

 

Robert Brinson

 

        919/716-3501

 

    ND

 

State of North Dakota

 

$   310,000

 

Nancy Walz

 

        701/328-1991

 

     PA

 

Pennsylvania Justice Network

 

$   795,000

 

Linda Rosenberg

 

        717/705-0760

 

     RI

 

Rhode Island Justice Commission

 

$   150,000

 

Joseph Smith

 

        401/222-2620

 

     TN

 

Tennessee Office for Criminal Justice Programs

 

$1,000,000

 

Pat Dishman

 

        615/741-8277

 

     UT

 

Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice

 

$   650,000

 

Jennifer Hemingway

 

        801/538-1055

 

    WA

 

Office of Financial Management

 

$   495,000

 

Gary Robinson

 

        360/902-0528

 

     WI

 

State of Wisconsin

 

$   739,365

 

Annette Cruz

 

        608/266-1736