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Day 28: Big leap in inmate tracking: Offender360 Accelerating Illinois’ Modernization – a 30-day blog

Reforming the criminal justice system is an important aspect of the Governor's transformation agenda, and technology plays a key role today in public safety and criminal justice. For years, the Illinois Department of Corrections managed inmate tracking through three old, mainframe-based systems. Recently, I spent an entire day at the Stateville Correctional center, which is the only prison in the country that still has a roundhouse.

The agency took on the challenge of modernizing an aging mainframe based corrections system that had been in place for decades with the new Offender 360 solution running in the Microsoft Azure G-Cloud environment. The day of my visit was the day when we went live with the new system.

Today’s guest author is Vivek Ananda, the CIO of Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice. Vivek joined the team in August 2015, and he has more than 15 years in experience in public safety. He successfully implementing major systems at Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police. Vivek was Information Technology manager at Illinois State Police – Forensic Command. Prior to the public sector, Vivek worked at the Oracle Corporation.

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is a $1.34 billion operation that houses close to 48,000 inmates; manages 35,000 paroles and supports 11,000 correction professionals across 49 locations in Illinois.

IDOC recently implemented the new Offender360 solution to manage the entire offender lifecycle for statewide corrections efforts. The new solution automates areas of corrections management including Offender Management, Facilities Management, and Community Corrections Management to help jurisdictions move from making decisions based on resources to making decisions based on risk.

Protection of the public and staff are critical. Poor documentation and inaccurate data results in errors and adverse incidents. Advanced management tools enable safe, secure and humane supervision of offenders. The Offender360 solution responds to the demand for meaningful data collection and offers facilities a more efficient way to manage their daily operations.

Key benefits include; a single easy to use web portal that includes all offender data, reduction of data entry into multiple systems for each offender as they move through the criminal justice system, automated workflow enforcing business rules and performing actions based on defined business logic for all corrections activities, and the reduction in the amount of paper that is necessary to print and store in the paper archives and offsite storage locations.

More tomorrow…