Connecticut to combine all criminal databases

Connecticut to combine all criminal databases

Two Connecticut agencies and the state's judicial branch are making it even more difficult for criminals to slip through the gaps in society's net. The Policy and Management Office, the IT Department and agencies in the judicial branch cooperated to award Sierra Systems Group Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, a contract to develop a central offender database.

The system will integrate data about offenders and their status from databases in the law enforcement, court, parole, and probation and corrections departments. The contract is for two years and about $10 million.

State officials also extended the contract of Maximus Inc. of Reston, Va., for three years to provide project management and system integration for the offender database.

The new system will replace stovepipe legacy systems that run on 15 mainframes from IBM Corp. and Trident Data Systems of Los Angeles that reside in eight executive and judicial agencies.

'The integration of law enforcement and judicial data will be an enterprise that is dynamic in scope, serving each law enforcement and judicial agency from one, common data repository,' said Rock Regan, Connecticut's CIO.

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