Tennessee

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

Website: Tennessee Integrated Criminal Justice Program does not have a website but is under the Administrative Office of the Courts, (AOC) over site. For information about AOC, see http://www.tncourts.gov and perform a search for: integrated_criminal_justice_project.pdf.

Justice Information Sharing Program:
The Integrated Criminal Justice (ICJ) Program

Director:
Ann Lynn Walker, information systems director, Administrative Office of the Courts( AOC). The director is hired by and for AOC, and the ICJ program is administratively attached to AOC.

Secondary contact:
Deborah Stewart, ICJ Project Manager, deborah.stewart@tncourts.gov.

About:
The Integrated Criminal Justice portal (ICJ) program is a statewide effort to enhance public safety through effective sharing and integration of criminal justice information. ICJ program is a secure browser-based interface into state criminal justice agency databases which allows criminal justice professionals the ability to query many available databases in one place. The ICJ program provides a single connection to the following:
  • Department of Safety – Drivers License General and Historical information including Photos, Signatures and certified Motor Vehicle Reports
  • Department of Revenue – Title & Registration information
  • Department of Correction – Offender information (with Mug Shots, photos of scars, marks & tattoos and notification of gang affiliation)
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation – Sex Offender Registry (with photos), state wide Orders of Protection and Wanted Persons
  • Board of Parole - Active Parole Violation Warrants
Mission: The ICJ steering committee will (1) provide a framework to integrate criminal justice information that is congruent with emerging technologies and national and state standards, while complementing local information-sharing initiatives; (2) minimize redundant criminal justice record information entry while identifying reengineering and automation opportunities; (3) improve the use of the statewide individual identification number that would link together all local and state criminal justice information; and (4) develop methods to secure long-term funding and support for integrated criminal justice record and information management. The ICJ program is partnering with Tennessee Methamphetamine & Prescription Drug Task Force to create single sign-on capabilities for authorized users. Tennessee is also pursuing the automation of the Uniform Case Judgment Document. The first Beta sites are projected to be completed by December, 2013. The ICJ program has also applied for membership to the National Information Exchange Federation (NIEF), and is currently in the final stages of the approval process. NIEF was created in 2008 and is a collection of agencies in the U.S. who share sensitive law enforcement information.

Created: Recognizing the need to coordinate efforts within the state’s criminal justice system, a group of criminal justice professionals voluntarily formed the ICJ steering committee in 2002. Participants included representatives from a number of state agencies, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Administrative Office of the Court, District Attorneys General Conference, District Public Defenders Conference, and Department of Correction, as well as the state’s chief information officer and others. The committee drafted a comprehensive plan for statewide, integrated criminal justice information sharing, applied for and received grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, and committed to working with one another toward the common goal of information sharing. The legislature formalized the work of the ICJ steering committee through the Integrated Criminal Justice Act of 2006.

Governance Details:
The ICJ steering committee establishes the leadership, vision, purpose, goals, decision-making structure, and accountability processes for the ICJ program. The ICJ steering committee is made up of representatives from state agencies and professional associations representing law enforcement, the judiciary, information technology, prosecution, public defenders, emergency management, homeland security, and the legislature. During the early stages of the program, the ICJ Team finalized the governance for the ICJ steering committee and received signed memorandums of understanding from the steering committee and staff members.


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)