Arizona

Criminal Justice Sharing Initiative

On this page is a description of the statewide criminal justice information sharing initiative (CJIS) and point of contact (POC) as identified by the State Administering Agency (SAA) Director.  We  recognize that there are also other key state POCs involved in information sharing that represent the various disciplines within criminal justice.  We have included POC information provided through the SAA and/or and represented on various organizations (such as NLETS, NASCIO, SEARCH and the NCSC.)  Recognizing that these agencies spend considerable time maintaining their membership lists up to date, we have provided links to access those membership lists directly from their respective websites below.

Please note:  At a future point, we would like to highlight local and tribal information sharing initiatives within states.   Please contact Tammy Woodhams at twoodhams@ncja.org if you have a recommended change to the data provided for your state or would like to add information about your local initiative.


Criminal Justice Sharing Contact Information

Web Site: http://www.azcjc.gov

Justice Information Sharing Organization: The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC), Arizona Records Improvement and Information Sharing Initiative

Director: John Blackburn, Jr., Executive Director

Secondary Contact: Marc Peoples, Systems Improvement Manager

About: ACJC was created to serve as a resource and service organization for Arizona’s 480 criminal justice agencies on a myriad of issues ranging from drugs, gangs, victim compensation, and assistance to criminal record improvement initiatives. ACJC also works on behalf of the criminal justice agencies in Arizona to facilitate information and data exchange among statewide agencies by establishing and maintaining criminal justice information archives, monitoring new and continuing legislation relating to criminal  justice  issues, and gathering  information  and researching existing criminal  justice programs.

Mission: ACJC:  The mission of ACJC is to sustain and enhance the coordination, cohesiveness, productivity, and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Arizona. ACJC has established goals and objectives including:

GOAL 1: Improve criminal records quality by increasing the timeliness, accuracy, completeness and accessibility of record information.

GOAL 2: Enhance information sharing across jurisdictional boundaries. The vision for the strategy stated as to enhance public safety and security for Arizona citizens through a collaborative justice information sharing environment while protecting the privacy of citizens and confidentiality of information.  

The Arizona Records Improvement and Information Sharing Strategy (AZ Strategy-formerly known as AZ ICJIS) is a plan for criminal justice business process improvements and development for a statewide network of criminal justice information sharing system.

Created: ACJC was statutorily created in 1982, defined by A.R.S. §41-2401–§41-2420, to carry out various coordinating, monitoring, and reporting functions regarding the administration and management of criminal justice programs in Arizona. Since 1995 ACJC has been the SAA for federal funding through the National Criminal History Improvement Program, directed at improving the completeness of criminal history records in the state of AZ. ACJC administered funding for the Criminal Justice Records Improvement Project, funded through federal Byrne grant. ACJC continues to work with state and local agencies to leverage funding for criminal justice automation projects.

Governance Details: In accordance with statutory guidelines, the Commission comprises 19 members who represent various elements of the criminal justice system in Arizona. Fourteen of the commissioners are appointed by the governor and are municipal, county, or elected officials. The remaining five are directors of state criminal justice agencies. Appointed commissioners serve for two years; their term ends when the first regular session of the legislature is convened. Commissioners may be reappointed. Under the guidance of ACJC, stakeholders have formed a governance structure to guide record improvements, automation and integration projects according to a statewide strategic plan. This includes a Policy Team and a Technical Team that report to the Commission. 


Additional State Contacts:

Nlets members:https://www.nlets.org/our-members

NASCIO state profiles:http://www.nascio.org/aboutNASCIO/profiles/

SEARCH membership group:http://www.search.org/about/membership/

National Center for State Courts - state court websites: http://www.ncsc.org/Information-and-Resources/Browse-by-State/State-Court-Websites.aspx

Court Technology Association: http://www.correctionstech.org/about/members.htm (member list not available to non-members)