Virginia

Virginia

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.dcjs.virginia.gov/ijp

Justice Information Sharing Organization: Virginia’s Integrated Justice Program (IJP)

Director: Garth L. Wheeler, DCJS Director (appointed)

About: IJP has five major objectives:

  1. Enhance overall public safety by providing more timely, accurate, and complete offender data to criminal justice decision makers.
  2. Reduce and/or eliminate entry of the same data more than once. Reduction in redundant data entry will result in faster processing and improved data quality by reducing opportunities for
  3. error and allowing users to spend more time on data verification.
  4. Reduce/eliminate use of paper forms.
  5. Enhance decision making through expanded access to criminal justice data.
  6. Improve infrastructure.
Mission: The vision of Virginia’s IJP is to improve criminal justice processing and decision making through the elimination of duplicate data entry, access to information that is not otherwise available, and the timely sharing of critical data. IJP’s mission is to achieve integration objectives through a variety of means as appropriate, including but not limited to program management, policy analysis, standards development, data quality improvement, and system engineering.

Created:
As a major multiagency integration project, IJP and its subprojects require the committed support of state decision makers with the responsibility to promote enterprise-wide strategic objectives. In response, the governor, on May 12, 1999, appointed an oversight committee composed of high- level executives from the agencies most directly affected by the IJP program and headed by the state’s secretary of technology.

The Department of Criminal Justice services (DCJS) is the logical organizational focal point for overall management of the integrated justice effort. DCJS, one of 12 agencies within Virginia’s Secretariat of Public Safety, is charged with planning and carrying out programs and initiatives to improve the functioning and effectiveness of the criminal justice system as a whole (§9–170 of the Code of Virginia).

Governance Details:
IJP activities are governed by interagency memoranda of understanding. IJP has visibility above the DCJS level via reviews by the secretary of public safety and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. Recognizing that implementation of the IJP vision requires buy-in from many independent agencies and jurisdictions, DCJS organized an interagency steering committee with representatives from key stakeholder agencies to advise the program. The secretary of public safety provides overall guidance based on input from stakeholder agencies.


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)