- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - It took nearly 15 years to launch, but New Hampshire officials say a program designed to improve the efficiency of the state’s justice system by integrating computer systems across agencies is off to a successful start.

The J-ONE project, which stands for Justice-One Network Environment, brings together the computer systems of courts, prosecutors, law enforcement, corrections and motor vehicle department and makes all criminal justice data available electronically to authorized users.

The goal is to provide better tracking of criminal offenders from arrest through disposition. With all participating organizations getting up-to-date information on a more timely basis, they’ll be able to make better decisions and avoid having offenders slip through the cracks. Information on criminal warrants, restraining orders and offender status will be available statewide.

The changes also will mean criminal justice personnel will spend less time processing data received via paper records from other agencies, which will improve efficiency and reduce errors. For example, in the past, after a state trooper wrote a speeding ticket, information would have to be entered manually into the separate computer systems at each agency - state police, motor vehicles and courts. Now, a trooper can enter the data electronically from the roadside, and it can be transmitted back and forth among the other agencies.

“It streamlines the whole process and creates a tremendous amount of efficiency,” said Lt. Mark Liebl with the State Police. His agency has been testing the system for about two years and has begun spreading it to several municipal police departments.

“It’s safe to say that with any new technology that’s implemented, there are going to be bumps and hurdles and this is no different, but it is working very, very well for us,” he said.

The J-ONE project was conceived in June 2001 and authorized by the Legislature in 2006. While Liebl has only been involved since 2014, he said the sheer scope of the project contributed to the lengthy timeframe between proposal and launch.

“I don’t know of any other state doing what we’re attempting to do - tie the entire criminal justice system together,” he said. “That’s a pretty significant undertaking, particularly when you consider everyone is using different record management systems.”

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