Business Plan Overview
In North Dakota, as in many other states, the effective operation of the juvenile and adult justice system is a critical factor in ensuring and improving public safety. State and local jurisdictions across the nation invest a significant portion of their overall budget in the staff, facilities, equipment, and information technology (IT) needed to deliver justice services to the public. Access to information in a timely manner is critical to assisting the criminal justice community in improving public safety. The norm for many jurisdictions, the IT systems that manage and plan criminal justice operations are often functionally limited and lack the ability to electronically share information among justice stakeholders and their systems. Nationwide, increasing attention is being given to investing prudently in IT as a key enabler for implementing change and improving information sharing across the justice enterprise. The Criminal Justice Information Sharing (CJIS) program provides for increased access to information through implementation of electronic systems with improved accessibility and usability. The CJIS program seeks to provide tools to criminal justice through implementation of statewide records management systems and through implementation of technology addressing the improvement of information sharing. Implementation of these products relies on substantial collaboration between state and local criminal justice agencies.
The North Dakota criminal justice community has recognized this opportunity with the development and on going implementation of the ND CJIS Strategic Plan. This is a summary of the CJIS program plan deliverables for fiscal years 2009-2011.