Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Near Real-Time “Who’s In Jail” Database Now Up and Running in Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611

Jason Keller, Homeland Security
(502) 564-2081
 


JusticeXchange offers a critical tool to help law enforcement track criminals

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence introduced a new program today, JusticeXchange™, which just recently became available to the state’s criminal justice community. 

“It is critical that we provide our commonwealth’s public safety community with the resources they need to keep our communities and families safe,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. “The JusticeXchange program is a powerful investigative tool for any criminal justice official and we are pleased to have this program up and running here in Kentucky.”

JusticeXchange is a web portal that provides law enforcement and other criminal justice officials’ instant access to information about offenders held in jails throughout the state and across the country. Based on data collected automatically from local jail management systems, JusticeXchange provides near real-time current and historical information about incarcerated offenders, including biographical information, charges, photographs, and behavioral reports, all accessible through a secure website.

Previously, law enforcement and other justice agencies had no way of tracking incarcerated offenders other than to physically call each prison facility across the state, or, if available, check each facilities website. JusticeXchange provides instant access to that information.

Although the program has only recently become operational, the JusticeXchange system has already marked successes here in Kentucky. Recently, the Louisville Metro Police Department had four felony warrants out for the arrest of an individual wanted on gun and drug charges. By using the JusticeXchange system, Metro Police were able to determine that the subject was already being held in Oldham County on lesser charges and was close to release. Metro Police were then able to track down the subject and serve felony warrants on the individual before the subject was released. 

JusticeXchange currently tracks 100% of state and local jail beds in Kentucky. The system also accounts for 43 % of all county jail beds throughout the country.  Currently, data from 27  states is in JusticeXchange.  Kentucky is one of at least seven states that have launched a statewide JusticeXchange system. Other states include Arkansas, New York, Washington, Utah, Texas, and Florida.

JusticeXchange was implemented through a partnership with Louisville-based Appriss, Inc., provider of the VINE® service. The funding for the program was provided through the Louisville Metro’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant and the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission, the Unified Criminal Justice Information System (UCJIS), and the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP).

For more information about JusticeXchange, please visit, www.appriss.com/JusticeXchange.html.


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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.