Imagine you are a parole officer. You monitor 60 parolees1 on average, assist with their reintegration into society, and ultimately ensure the public’s safety. In order to do your job, you need the most accurate information available about your parolees as quickly as possible, especially if one comes into contact with law enforcement. The Hawaii Integrated Justice Information Sharing (HIJIS) program leveraged NIEM to provide real-time updates to parole and probation officers whenever a supervisee comes into contact with law enforcement in the state.
In addition to Hawaii, the state of Vermont has re-used this capability and has been able to significantly reduce the development time to meet their requirements.
On November 6, the Best of NIEM 2013 winners were announced live at NIEM in November. Not all winners were able to attend in person, including the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC)—which includes the states of Hawaii, Vermont, and Maine—and seeks to share ideas and technologies that support the exchange of critical information within the justice and public safety communities.
The Hawaii-based team was watching NIEM in November virtually when the award was announced. On November 19, at the Hawaii Digital Government Summit, Doug Robinson, Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and a member of the NIEM Executive Steering Council, presented the award in-person to the HIJIS team, on behalf of OJBC.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this effort!