Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
Through the Edward Byrne Memorial Congressionally Recommended Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Text and Joint Explanatory Statement, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.
In 2000, Hennepin County launched a data repository (JNET) as a test case for information sharing across multiple disparate agencies. The focus of JNET is to share information on juvenile offenders, allowing practitioners to gather information on a juvenile to make better assessments and identify what actions and services are appropriate, promoting greater accountability throughout the juvenile system.
A decade later, JNET's platform and technology is unsupported and obsolete. JNET replacement will allow Hennepin County to leverage existing technology currently used in the adult criminal justice system in Hennepin.
Hennepin County is a leader in local jurisdiction justice integration activities, with its ongoing Hennepin Justice Integration Program (HJIP). Hennepin County successfully implemented more than seventy-five real-time information exchanges between twelve criminal justice information systems; at the same time helping state courts move from essentially eighty-seven different information systems to a single statewide system. HJIP significantly improves the timeliness and quality of information shared between agencies operating within the Hennepin's borders. NCA/NCF