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 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

Maryland has two systems: the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), operated by the executive branch, and the Judicial Information System (JIS), operated by the judiciary.

Web Sites: CJIS,; and JIS,

Justice Information Sharing Organizations: CJIS, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Information Technology and Communications Division, CJIS Central Repository, Operated by the Executive Branch; and JIS, Operated by the judiciary

Director: CJIS: Carole Shelton, appointed; JIS: Philip Braxton, appointed

About: CJIS operates a central repository (Criminal Procedure Article, §§10–201 et seq.) that maintains Maryland’s fingerprint-supported criminal identification records, criminal history record information (the Maryland “RAP” sheet) and performs related functions such as expungements with respect to a court record or police record removal from public inspection, challenge of criminal history concerning the completeness, contents and accuracy or dissemination of the information.  In general, dissemination of criminal history consistent with Federal laws and regulations. Auditing of criminal justice and non-criminal justices agencies as required by applicable Federal and State laws for compliance with agreements pertaining to the security, dissemination, completeness, and accuracy of Criminal History Information.  CJIS also maintains the Maryland Sex Offenders Registry (Criminal Procedure Article, §§11-701) which is the State’s effort to protect children and others from those with histories of crimes against children and other sexual offenses, provide fingerprinting services for non-criminal justice employment purposes pursuant to PL 92-544,) as well as, pursuant to COMAR Regulations has the authority to designate appropriate State, Local Law Enforcement agencies, or private businesses in the State to purchase live-scan equipment where fingerprints may be obtained for forwarding a request to the Central Repository for a criminal history record check.

Created: CJIS was created by law; JIS was created by the judiciary.

Governance: CJIS has an advisory board and reports to the secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services; JIS reports to the chief judge of the judiciary.

Additional State Contacts:

Nlets members:

NASCIO state profiles:

SEARCH membership group:

National Center for State Courts - state court websites:

Court Technology Association: (member list not available to non-members)