Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General's Office Launches Electronic Warrant System in the 31st And 36th Judicial Circuits
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office has completed implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 31st Judicial Circuit (Floyd County) and 36th Judicial Circuits (Knott and Magoffin counties). This brings to 64 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.
"This system will provide law enforcement in Floyd, Knott and Magoffin counties the modern tools they need to fight crime and better protect local citizens,” General Conway said. “With the help of local officials and continued support of our state partners, we are making progress toward our goal of implementing eWarrants in 100 rural Kentucky counties by year’s end."
Working with local officials in the 31st and 36th 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.
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 more than 433,000 warrants/summons in the eWarrants system, including urban areas not covered by the ARRA grant.
The launch of eWarrants in the 31st and 36th judicial circuits added an additional 5,400 warrants to the system that are now ready for service.
“This is a good service for law enforcement and the public,” said Floyd County Sheriff John Blackburn. “eWarrants will allow us to serve warrants more quickly and help solve many of the problems we had with paper warrants.”
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 31st and 36th 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.