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NC report: Offender tracking system successful in pilot testing

Posted January 13, 2011

— A pilot program designed to help catch criminals is useful and working.

That’s according to the Office of State Controller, who released a report Thursday that found 99 percent of users of the Web-based information system CJLEADS (Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services) found the application improved their ability to get information about offenders.

Nintey-eight percent said it improved their ability to use information more effectively, and 97 percent said it was more efficient.

It even helped officers at the North Carolina State Fair in October find a registered sex offender and remove the individual from fairgrounds, the controller’s office said.

CJLEADS draws data from across the criminal justice system and presents the information to users in an easy-to-understand, interactive and customizable interface that allows them easier access to information they need to make informed decisions.

It also allows users to set up watch lists and receive notifications when specified offenders' records change. For example, probation-parole officers would be alerted if offenders they are tracking are charged with crimes anywhere in the state.

The system has been used in Wake County for the past year as part of a pilot program and was expanded in November to five other counties. It is scheduled to go statewide by 2012.

The state currently uses a 25-year-old computer information system that court officials have said can be inefficient, hard to understand and inaccessible to certain parts of the criminal justice system – meaning crucial information could be overlooked.

Administrators have cited as an example, the March 5, 2008, slaying of Eve Carson, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior whom police say was kidnapped, robbed and shot to death in a neighborhood near campus.

The suspects in her slaying were repeat offenders whom the court system overlooked multiple times while they were on probation.

An investigation found that part of the reason they were overlooked was because there was no central information system for law enforcement officials to access and no efficient way of knowing when offenders on probation were charged with additional crimes.

Officials have said that there's no guarantee the slaying could have been prevented – even if the problems did not exist – but that, if information about the suspects were more readily available, it could have prompted officials to look more closely at them.

An electronic arrest warrant system called NCAWARE (North Carolina Arrest Warrant Repository) is already being used across the state to help authorities issue and track arrest warrants across jurisdictions.

Deployed in June 2008, the system also alerts probation-parole officers when an offender they are supervising is arrested or convicted and when a warrant or order for arrest is issued.


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  • rgbreed Jan 17, 2011

    "Anyone know what this means? Are sex offenders barred from fairgrounds?"

    Yeah, they are barred from just about anywhere even remotely related to a child, even if there offense is not child related. The laws are ridiculous and protect no one. Of course, they are politically popular so...(RSO's can't go to fairs, malls with daycare centers or arcades, theaters that show G or PG movies, parks, etc.). It doesn't matter if the offense was with his current wife who was 15 and he was 19 when she got pregnant. Sorry, I just find many of these "feel good" laws and enforcement tactics are nothing more than political propaganda aimed at ignorant citizens who don't take the time to find out the truth. No, I'm not a RSO but I know one who was convicted of a crime he did not commit but sometimes, women lie..."Hell hath no fury..."

  • the people Jan 14, 2011

    CJleads is a waste of money it is just PR tool for politicians,another feel good show like DARE!!!!! but it feels good,no real stuff has been done ,but another great contract for a big SAS,connected buddy..who's is in on this deal???Who!!!Sirchie supply !!!!!! Some one well connected made big on this deal,right????? During this enconomy still sweet deals keep being made to add unneeded programs,just saying!!!! NCIC is good to go!!!!!

  • the people Jan 14, 2011

    Cost wise I say not ,when employee's are dogged out about no raise ,no money but politicians continue to add programs,Hmmmmmmmmm,smells to me politics,do as they please,but you ain't worth no real advancement !!! Priorities!!!

  • the people Jan 14, 2011

    Money is not there they say but someone keeps adding programs something does not add up????A system is there before this called NCIC,based in Arizona....But if it is not put in system how can anyone find ,call it what up want...

  • cyclonearmageddon Jan 14, 2011

    "It even helped officers at the North Carolina State Fair in October find a registered sex offender and remove the individual from fairgrounds"

    Anyone know what this means? Are sex offenders barred from fairgrounds?

  • North Carolina Home Jan 14, 2011

    dlk13ster, the NC Court System has a public site that will check all District and Superior Courts in all counties.


  • ppoinnc Jan 13, 2011

    This system is only as good as the person using it. Please don't forget that. Probation has used the excuse that information was not readily available. It was available, they just didn't access it or use it. It all goes to competent employees!

  • working for deadbeats Jan 13, 2011

    Great system!!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 13, 2011

    rlee1117, why don't you just call Crime Stoppers or the non-emergency police # and report the guy? Do us all a favor and get him off the road. Again. :-)

  • rlee1117 Jan 13, 2011

    the system is not going to work unless it is made manatory that every traffic stop is not run on everyone or suspect in a case.I KNOW ONE NOW THAT DRIVES EVERYDAY WITHOUT A DR. LISC. AND HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS WITHOUT EVEN BEING LOCKED UP FOR IT. SO THE SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK UNLESS EVERY OFFICER USES EACH TIME!!