The Case for Integrated Justice

There are countless examples within the justice system where information is entered into a computer system, printed out and handed to another group where it is re-entered into a second system. Each time the information is re-entered introduces the possibility of a delay and the possibility of an error. The following are a few examples:

  • Police department produces a criminal complaint, which is sent to the prosecuting attorney. If the prosecutor decides to proceed, the relevant case information is again entered into the Prosecutor case management system.
  • A hearing date is set by the Court and entered into the Court docket system. The Prosecutor enters the hearing information into the case management. The defense attorneys do the same.
  • The Clerk of the Court enters case/defendant disposition information and the same information is entered into the Prosecutors database.
It is clear that the automated passing of information from one stakeholder to another has the potential to reduce costs. The greater benefit to Integrated Justice however may be in improving the quality of the justice system by permitting the stakeholders to receive more information, received it faster, and with better accuracy to support decision making at all levels.

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