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Saving & Satisfaction in the Court (JAVS)

Like court systems everywhere, the Kentucky Court of Justice struggled in the early 1980s with the usual suspects–“growing caseloads, excessive delays, tight budgets, and increasing costs for litigants.” Driven by economic need and the large backlog of getting court records made into written transcripts, the state judicial Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) reached out to local technology experts Justice AV Solutions (known at that time as Jefferson Audio Video Systems, Inc.) for a better way. The solution came in the form of an automated audio video courtroom recording system designed jointly by the AOC and JAVS “that would automatically switch the microphones and the cameras to the person speaking and would not require an operator, except to turn the system on and off.”

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Cloud Computing: A Business Case

Most state and local agencies are grappling with IT and operational budget cuts and have to figure out ways to make more with less. Lower budgets mean reductions in workforce, as well as reduced spending on hardware and software. However IT departments such as those in justice and public safety still have to support existing IT infrastructure, ongoing initiatives, and develop new and improved secure services for their citizens and staff. The Cloud can provide answers to these types of challenges.

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Value of Corrections Information Sharing

The primary purpose of this white paper is to provide a better understanding of the corrections domain, the value of information captured in corrections, and how this information may be leveraged by the larger criminal justice system to support various agencies and the people they serve.

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Video Analytics: Body Worn Cameras (IBM)

BM’s Tim Riley Tim Riley, Law Enforcement Policing Solutions Executive, and Stephen Russo, Director of Public Safety Solutions, look at the value of video analytics in this white paper.
Today’s mainstream dialogue around the body worn cameras is focused only on “eye witness accounting” and the costs associated with the storage and video management requirements. It is equally critical to realize that the value is not just in capturing the video but also in finding and using what is in the footage. Return-on-value can be faster realized with intelligent video analytic tools; tools that are essential to helping control costs and unlocking hidden threats as the number of devices continues to increase.

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Effective Use of Digital Recording Technology in the Justice System (JAVS)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 18,330 court reporters in the United States in May 2014. The BLS reported that the mean annual wage for court reporters as of May 2014 was $55,000 and the top 10 percent earned more than $94,140.2 This does not include the additional benefits such as health insurance that court employees may earn. Thus, though the physical presence of a court reporter in a courtroom may feel familiar to some, it comes with substantial, continuing costs.

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Body Worn Cameras – Challenges and Opportunities

 

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InfoBrief: Court Roles in Criminal Hx Records

The IJIS Institute Courts Committee created an info brief on The Role of Courts in Accuracy and Completeness of Criminal History Records. The information contained in criminal history repositories is essential to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. The use of criminal history information for non-law enforcement purposes, such as background checks for firearms, employment, licensing, and other purposes, is rapidly growing, resulting in greater awareness and growing criticism. Most of the criticism is focused on concerns about the integrity of computerized criminal history (CCH) records, and, in particular, records that are not complete, accurate, and timely.

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InfoBrief: Cloud Computing and the Courts

Courts today are plagued with rising upfront software licensing costs and operational expenditures that make it difficult to take the next step to modernize their information systems, mainly the case management system. Cloud computing, more commonly known as the cloud, provides alternative solutions to address this issue while providing ease of access to information for citizens and judicial officers in a secure and efficient manner. However, cloud computing comes with some inherent challenges that need to be addressed in implementing a cloud solution. This Info Brief provides an introduction to cloud computing for courts along with benefits and challenges.

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Predictive Analytics

Within justice and public safety, the adoption of business intelligence, as well as data analytics technology and techniques, is advancing rapidly. This white paper introduces predictive analytics, one of the newer developments in data analysis, and its application in several justice and public safety areas.

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