Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General's Office Launches Electronic Warrant System in the 45th and 5th Judicial Circuits
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office has completed implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 45th Judicial Circuit (McLean and Muhlenberg counties) and the 5th Judicial Circuit (Crittenden, Union and Webster counties). This brings to 45 the number of counties that have received the eWarrant system under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded to the Office of the Attorney General in 2009.
Working with local officials in the 45th and 5th judicial circuits, 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 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.
"The support and assistance we received from local officials helped ensure a smooth implementation of eWarrants in both the 45th and 5th judicial circuits," General Conway said. "With this launch, another nearly 80,000 Kentuckians live in counties with eWarrants coverage."
Since the first eWarrants roll-out under General Conway's ARRA grant on Oct. 26 in Kentucky's 53rd Judicial Circuit, nearly one million Kentuckians living in rural counties are seeing the benefits of the eWarrant system.
Service rates for warrants rise from as low as 10% under the old system to roughly 50% immediately after implementation of eWarrants, and as high as 80% in the long-term. There are nearly 380,000 warrants currently in the eWarrants database.
"The eWarrant system will allow law enforcement, prosecutors and judges to expedite the capture and processing of criminals in our judicial circuit. This makes not only a safer community but allows the criminal justice system to operate more efficiently," Union County Attorney Brucie Moore said. "Attorney General Conway has allowed us to step into the 21st century, while at the same time saving money and personnel hours."
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 45th and 5th 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.