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Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services


Background Information

The CJLEADS project is a joint effort, managed by the Office of Information Technology Services, with participation from more than 100 State and 20 SAS Institute, Inc. project team members. The project team has partnered with local subject matter experts to understand industry best practices in criminal justice information sharing and to further the efforts of the project.


Purpose of CJLEADS

CJLEADS, or the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services, is an offender based application being developed to meet two objectives.

      • First, the system will provide a comprehensive view of an offender's North Carolina criminal information in a single web based application.


      • Second, the system will allow users to develop a watch list of persons of interest and will notify the users when that person of interest has a change in status such as an arrest, pending court date, or release from custody.


CJLEADS is another tool for criminal justice professionals to use in making quicker and more effective decisions. Although the information that is contained in CJLEADS is currently available in many different places, it is not readily available to all criminal justice professionals. The advantage of CJLEADS is that it brings together, in one place, criminal justice data from multiple systems to help create a clearer picture of an offender, and this data is available to all criminal justice and law enforcement professionals.


Legislative Vision

Session Law 2008-107, House Bill 2436 recognized the urgent need for state-of-the-art integrated criminal justice information and mandated:

The development and implementation of a framework for sharing of critical information as soon as possible.

The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the Department of Justice, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Department of Correction, the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, the Department of Transportation, and local law enforcement agencies shall fully cooperate with the Office of the State Controller and the State Chief Information Officer, to identify the informational needs, develop a plan of action, provide access to data, and implement secure integrated applications for information sharing of criminal justice and corrections data.


The Pilot Shall:

      • integrate and provide up-to-date criminal information in a centralized location via a secure connection;
      • comply with all necessary security measures and restrictions to ensure that access to any specific information held confidential under Federal and State law shall be limited to authorized persons


Session Law 2009-451, Senate Bill 202, subsequently directed the OSC to develop full operational capacity in Wake County during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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