eJusticeNY is a browser-based application designed to give users from qualified agencies a single point of access to computerized information within and beyond New York State. eJusticeNY embodies the concept of coordinated and integrated criminal justice information systems for New York State. The system's security and ease of use allow qualified users to obtain current status information for a defendant at any key decision point in the processing of a criminal case. An example of a key decision point when immediate access to current information is critical is the initial arraignment of a criminal defendant. A judge must decide if the individual can be released to the community, or detained to ensure his or her appearance at subsequent court proceedings. The court's ability to use eJusticeNY to obtain the most current information regarding the individual's status, both within and beyond New York State, including whether or not the individual is wanted in another jurisdiction, and to do so by a simple and secure inquiry from an office personal computer, helps ensure that the decision is sound and the interests of public safety are well served.
What is the goal of eJusticeNY?
The goal of eJusticeNY is simple: to give qualified users "one-stop shopping" access to the information needed to accomplish their mission.
What can users do with eJusticeNY?
- Obtain New York State criminal history information including mugshots,
- Search New York State's Wanted or Missing Persons data files,
- Request out-of-state criminal history information,
- Obtain timely crime trend data for counties outside of New York City
- Access the New York State Crime Mapping System,
- Make inquiries into the New York State Sex Offender Registry and the State's Missing Children Clearinghouse,
- Access a variety of other data sources, including Watch List files maintained by the FBI, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce,
- Receive New York State criminal history rap sheet responses electronically for fingerprint-based criminal and civil identification transactions,
- Review and update records for probationers, and
- Access State DMV records for licensed drivers and registered vehicles.
How did eJusticeNY begin and how did it develop into what it is today?
In the mid 1980s, the State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) undertook a major initiative to assess the administration of criminal justice in New York and identify elements of the criminal justice process where the introduction of standardization and automation would yield substantial improvement in the operation of individual agencies and the effectiveness of the system as a whole. That broad scale assessment of the criminal justice process was followed by an extensive series of detailed studies, conducted by teams of State and local criminal justice practitioners, which focused on the role of information within each component of the criminal justice system. The most significant conclusion reached in all these studies was the need for a statewide criminal justice infrastructure that could support interagency and cross-jurisdictional sharing of defendant information. Building such an infrastructure would necessarily involve additional automation at both the State and local levels, and, more importantly, creation of one or more networks that would be capable of linking State and local information systems and facilitating the exchange of criminal justice data.
In response to the expressed needs of users from qualified agencies, DCJS developed eJusticeNY. When first introduced in late 1999, eJusticeNY was primarily a web-based tool for accessing the State's Criminal History Repository. The ongoing effort to expand and improve eJusticeNY is being coordinated by the State's Integrated Justice Advisory Board (IJAB). IJAB is comprised of senior technology managers for all of the State's criminal justice agencies who collectively serve to coordinate interagency technology initiatives and advise the State's Director of Criminal Justice on justice information sharing and systems integration projects.
What are the benefits of eJusticeNY?
There are three primary benefits enjoyed by users of eJusticeNY:
ACCESSIBILITY: In any agency or group of connected agencies, it is possible to make eJusticeNY available on every desktop via a single connection to DCJS allowing users to enjoy access to services they are authorized to secure. For security purposes, each agency can tailor access to the needs of each individual user.
FLEXIBILITY AND EASE OF USE: eJusticeNY offers numerous features which make the system easy to use and flexible:
- Check boxes and pull down menus
- Help screens and tutorials
- Request screens which can be customized
- Delivery of all responses to the requesting individual rather than to a centralized workstation/printer
- Accommodation of batch requests
- Automated Audit Log
- Training provided by DCJS upon request
COST: eJusticeNY provides numerous cost saving benefits to its users including:
- Faster, simpler, and more efficient access to criminal history and criminal case information
- Elimination of expensive, single purpose, computer-to-computer interfaces and dedicated law enforcement communications system
What is the status of moving to the eJusticeNY Integrated Justice Portal, the next generation in information sharing?
The most significant development in the statewide criminal justice infrastructure is underway with the movement of interagency and cross-jurisdictional information to the eJusticeNY Integrated Justice Portal (The Portal). The Portal provides a single secure “one stop shopping” interface through which authorized users can access information from Federal, State and local agency sources. By tying information together, the Portal provides users with simple, quick and inexpensive access to timely and complete information so the “right information [gets] to the right people at the right time”. This ongoing effort is coordinated by the State's Integrated Justice Advisory Board (IJAB). The IJAB is comprised of senior technology managers from all of the State's criminal justice agencies and the Office of Homeland Security.
How do I obtain access to eJusticeNY?
Qualified agencies may obtain further information and request an application by calling DCJS at 518-457-5837 or 1-800-262-3257.