The State of North Carolina gets tougher on crime with SAS® Business Analytics
Increased data volume, archaic information systems, shrinking budgets and constrained resources can hinder law enforcement and criminal justice agencies from effectively coordinating information and proactively maintaining public safety. Public safety agencies need reliable, timely and accurate data to strategically and tactically reduce crime and victimization, enhance public safety and optimize the allocation of finite resources.
To replace the manual process of integrating historical criminal data from multiple systems, reduce the risk of overlooking critical data and improve the information needs of law enforcement agencies, the state of North Carolina's Office of State Controller worked with SAS to develop the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Services Division (CJLEADS) application.
A composite picture, virtually
The system also includes a watch list that allows officials to monitor the change of any offender's status, such as arrests, future court appearances or a release from custody.
"CJLEADS is a tool to support criminal justice officials with making quicker and more effective decisions," says Kay Meyer, Project Director, NC Office of State Controller. "CJLEADS brings together disparate criminal justice data to help create a more rounded profile of offenders and provides a single source of information from a variety of criminal justice organizations —including court, warrant, probation, parole and local jail information — which agencies can access securely via the Web."
Weaker budgets, stronger protection
"Because SAS hosts CJLEADS, the state was able to focus on design and business requirements, rather than procurement and installation of a technical infrastructure," explains Meyer. "With shrinking state budgets, leveraging existing computing capabilities and technical support resources was an economical and efficient way to establish the new application environment."
From 3,000 users to 33,000
Meyer says the greatest challenge developing CJLEADS was data quality and the lack of common data identifiers from disparate sources. "Significant time and effort was spent developing consistent business rules to accurately match multiple system records for one individual. Because critical decisions are made based on information in CJLEADS, accurate data integration was pivotal to the project's success."
Preventing crime in less time
"The strong, collaborative relationship between SAS and the state of North Carolina has been critical to the development of CJLEADS," she adds. "SAS' knowledge of key technology and best practices, combined with a flexible, iterative design approach, enabled us to meet the tight, legislatively mandated deadline."
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North Carolina Office of State Controller
Law enforcement and criminal justice officials in the state of North Carolina were challenged with obtaining a comprehensive view of individuals with prior criminal records, including potentially dangerous offenders. They needed an efficient, integrated criminal justice application to provide quick access to accurate offender information
SAS Business Analytics, comprising SAS Enterprise BI Server, SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server, SAS Enterprise Miner
Improved data access saves state $7 million a year; reduced manual data integration; reduced risk of overlooking critical offender data; integrated criminal offender data; designed for scalability, from 3,000 users to 33,000; automated watch list lets officials monitor changes in offender status
“Based on improved access to information, the state estimates a savings of $7 million annually ... SAS' expertise in data integration and analytics, as well as strong security controls of the technical environment, application access and authentication, was critical due to the complexity and sensitivity of the data.”
Project Director, NC Office of State Controller