Part one of this blog series discussed the importance of the IJIS Advisory Committees in fostering collaboration and dialogue between the public and private sectors, while the second blog described the work of the CJIS Advisory Committee. Blog three of our six-part series focuses on the Corrections Advisory Committee (CAC).
The IJIS CAC promotes partnerships and advances open dialogue among leading industry providers, corrections practitioners and the key practitioner organizations whose members represent local, state, and federal corrections focused initiatives. IJIS CAC practitioner organizations whose members collaborate both individually, and representing their respective organizations, include the American Corrections Association (ACA), Corrections Technology Association (CTA), American Parole and Probation Association (APPA), American Jail Association (AJA), and the Correctional Leadership Association (CLA, formerly known as ASCA). The 16 IJIS CAC members routinely:
- Evaluate proposed initiatives
- Identify opportunities for new or improved information sharing standards
- Develop white papers
- Publish corrections-specific standards documents
- Deliver workshops
- Sponsor national training events
- Provide further guidance on other corrections-related issues
The IJIS CAC has two working groups and one task force, working to advance specific goals within its mission. Currently, the Corrections Technology Provider Directory Working Group is developing a searchable product and services directory specific to the corrections industry. This new directory is modeled after the successful Courts Technology Provider Directory pioneered by the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee. Once the Corrections Provider Directory is operational, corrections agency staff can access it on the IJIS website, initiate searches for specific product/service categories, and receive a list of products/services by provider.
The IJIS CAC stood up a task force to help launch the IJIS Institute’s fourth Corrections Leadership Technology Forum. This biennial event brings together over eighty corrections leaders from across the nation for a three-day working session to address the latest challenges and technology developments affecting the corrections community overall. Attendees include state corrections directors / commissioners and secretaries and their Chief Information Officers (CIOs), local jail administrations and CIOs, and directors and administrations from within the probation, parole and community correction area along with their CIOs / Chief Technology Officers. The Forum covers various topics, such as technology for detecting contraband and other methods of interdiction, serving special needs populations, and addressing new and emerging technology and threats.
In addition, the Corrections Information Technology Recognition Working Group was established to create an IJIS Corrections Information Technology Recognition program. This inaugural recognition honors a team achievement for the technical innovation between an industry partner(s) and one or more practitioner agencies that significantly contributed to the advancement of corrections information technology in the public sector. The recipient(s) of the new recognition will be announced at the upcoming IJIS National Symposium, February 26-27, 2020.
Other noteworthy IJIS CAC accomplishments include publishing the first document entitled the Value of Corrections Information Sharing, and in 2017, the updated version of the original 2004 document entitled Common Business Functions for Correctional Management Systems, and the latest published document entitled Corrections Tech 2020 – Technological Trends in Custodial & Corrections whitepaper. The IJIS CAC members have also participated in the IJIS led, BJA funded Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Data Standard Work Group and served as subject matter experts in the IJIS workgroup responsible for the development of the national information sharing standard for State Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN).
Committee members are also engaged in outreach activities that included participating in workshops at three recent training conferences, presenting at two international corrections conferences, and establishing a dialogue between IJIS and the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) regarding partnership opportunities.
Through these activities, the IJIS CAC expanded its outreach and exposure, enhanced the IJIS Institute’s effectiveness in serving its constituents, and contributed to improving the overall corrections mission in prisons, jails, and community corrections facilities. The IJIS CAC looks forward to publishing white papers that serve the industry and practitioners, delivering valuable corrections-focused workshops, conducting additional outreach activities, and identifying innovative ways to improve technology and information sharing in corrections.
For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s Corrections Advisory Committee, or to inquire about joining the Committee, please contact staff liaison, Kathy Gattin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.