Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General's Office, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Launch Ewarrants in 13th and 28th Judicial Circuits

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 13, 2011  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security jointly announce today the successful implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 13th and 28th judicial circuits.

The Attorney General's Office funded implementation of eWarrants in Garrard and Jessamine in the 13th and Lincoln and Rockcastle in the 28th, all rural counties, under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded to the Office of the Attorney General in 2009. The Office of Homeland Security launched eWarrants in Pulaski County (28th), an urban area that is not covered by the ARRA grant.

This brings to 84 the number of Kentucky counties utilizing eWarrants. Seventy-two of the counties received eWarrants under the Attorney General's ARRA grant.

"I'm pleased to report that more than three million Kentuckians now live in counties with access to the eWarrant system," said General Conway. "I appreciate the assistance we have received from local officials and our state partners in implementing eWarrants. Working together we are making Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family."

The Office of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Open Portal Solutions, Inc., provided training and support for the new electronic warrant management system.

The eWarrant system facilitates the sharing of information among all law enforcement concerning active warrants in jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. It replaces the manual protocols for processing warrant information with an electronic method for making warrants available via the Law Enforcement Information Network of Kentucky (LINK), the system administered by Kentucky State Police and used by law enforcement to transmit and retrieve information on active warrants.

Service rates for warrants rise from as low as 10 percent under the old system to roughly 50 percent immediately after implementation of eWarrants, and as high as 80 percent in the long-term. More than 465,000 warrants/summons have been entered into the eWarrant system.

"This program has revolutionized the process for issuing, tracking and serving warrants in the Commonwealth," said Gene Kiser, KOHS acting executive director. "We're pleased that Pulaski County is now part of the eWarrants system, which benefits the courts, law enforcement and citizens throughout the state."

With the successful launch of eWarrants in the 13th and 28th judicial circuits, more than 8,600 warrants were added to the system and are now ready to be served.

"From what we've observed, the new eWarrant system will significantly reduce the amount of time and paperwork in our office," said Doug Fain, Jessamine County Circuit Clerk.

Kentucky's eWarrant system began as a pilot project in 2005 to address a backlog of nearly 300,000 un-served warrants in the state. A backlog in the service of warrants, or a misplaced or lost warrant, could allow a person charged with a violent crime to evade arrest and continue to victimize Kentucky citizens.

The ARRA grant, which provided funding for implementation and training in the 13th and 28th judicial circuits, was awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance under the category of Facilitating Rural Justice Information Sharing. Under this category, the Bureau of Justice Assistance makes awards to help law enforcement in rural areas to improve the criminal justice system by aiding communities in combating crime and drugs.

The eWarrant program is being offered to Kentucky's rural counties at no cost to local communities. In addition to modernizing law enforcement infrastructure, the ARRA grant has created 16 jobs for citizens of the Commonwealth. Individuals may obtain more information about eWarrants by filling out the eWarrant contact form on the Attorney's General's website, at http://ag.ky.gov/ewarrants

* This project was supported by award No. 2009-SD-B9-0067, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.