Wisconsin

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.oja.wi.gov/programs/justice-information-sharing

Justice Information Sharing Organization: Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WIJIS)

Director: Jeff Sartin, WIJIS Program Director (hired by the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance (OJA))

About: WIJIS supports OJA by helping to deliver to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals the information they need to make timely, accurate, and fair decisions. Specifically, WIJIS exists to improve the flow of information across community and organizational boundaries and between computerized systems. The WIJIS program focuses on two primary issues of critical importance to Wisconsin’s justice community: (1) data access—making information stored in disparate databases more accessible through secure Web-based tools, and (2) electronic workflow— eliminating redundant and error-prone paper-based processes by securely passing information electronically between systems.

Mission:
The WIJIS program supports OJA’s mission of building safer communities by helping to deliver to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals the information they need to make timely, accurate, and fair decisions. Specifically, WIJIS exists to improve the flow of information across community and organizational boundaries and between computerized systems.

Created: In 1995, the state legislature authorized the Department of Administration, under Sec. 16.971(9), Wis. Stats., to “maintain, facilitate and promote sharing of information among listed justice agencies—State  Public  Defender  Board,  Department  of  Justice,  Department  of  Corrections, prosecutors and courts—and to ensure that automated systems are compatible across counties.” The Wisconsin Policy Advisory Group (PAG) was established by executive order.

Governance Details: The WIJIS program has a two-tiered governance structure that spans all facets of Wisconsin’s justice community. The WIJIS Policy Advisory Group (PAG) provides executive-level buy-in and support to ensure a collaborative, coordinated, and cost-effective approach to justice information sharing. The OJA executive director serves as chair. WIJIS’s two key operational partners, the state chief information officer and the Department of Justice, are represented. PAG also includes members from the state courts, the prosecutor community, local law enforcement, and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The WIJIS Users’ Group provides complementary grass-roots governance of the system, including feedback on prototypes, input on strategic direction, and other recommendations for the WIJIS staff.


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)