Topics At A Glance
In an effort to ensure accurate and fast identification of offenders, DPSCS has installed Livescan machines at all Community Supervision offices throughout the state as well as correctional institutions. Use of Livescans enables law enforcement to now see offender parole/probation status on Rapp Sheets, while providing fast and accurate identification for intake and release of inmates.
A statewide Kiosk Reporting System is now in use by Community Supervision offices, helping free-up Agent time through use by low risk offenders and adding a measure of supervision for high risk offenders. During FY13:
- There were 16,959 new enrollments in the Kiosk system and 200,154 check ins.
The breakthrough Criminal Justice Dashboard, brought online by DPSCS’ Information, Technology and Communications Division in 2008, is a web-based clearinghouse of information on a criminal subject’s history. Dashboard is available to local, state and federal law enforcement and pulls information out of more than 100 databases from more than 24 agencies into a single platform. The program includes an interactive facial recognition feature and has won the Innovations Award from the Council of State Governments. Currently, there is an average of 653,529 queries a month in the Maryland Criminal Justice Dashboard.
The system is the department’s $15 million investment in a web-based system to bring together demographic, security and programming information on an offender from pretrial intake through release and to community supervision. Great strides in the implementation of this system happened during FY13. The Earned Compliance Credit Module was implemented and the Maryland Parole Commission also went online. OCMS is now fully operational and being used by all custody and supervision units throughout the Department.
- New community center offering inmate video visitation - The Gazette 07/22/13
- Governor Leads Gun Summit - Baltimore Sun 03/11/11
- Crime lab in Baltimore County celebrates 150th DNA hit - Baltimore Sun - Online 10/21/10
- Md. prisons to experiment with video conferencing for inmates - Herald-Mail 10/19/10
- New Technology Helps Police ID Offenders Faster - WJZ-TV 07/22/10
- New technology introduced to help officers in the field - WMAR-TV - Online 07/21/10
- State Unveils Electronic Tracking Of Those On Probation - WBAL-AM - Online 07/21/10
- Fingerprinting device gives law enforcement a high-tech touch - Carroll County Times 07/21/10
- New technology to help cops identify offenders - Baltimore Sun - Online 07/21/10
- State offers prison break alerts - Maryland Gazette - Online 01/07/10
- New Alert System Brings Notification Of Escaped Inmates - WHAG-TV 10/29/09
- New system will alert Marylanders about state prison escapes - Herald-Mail 10/29/09
- Get Notification Of Prison Breaks - WBAL-AM - Online 10/28/09
- Md. prison agency launches escape alert system - Baltimore Sun - Online 10/28/09
- Fingerprint match maker is one super sleuth - baltimoresun.com 03/17/09
- Match Maker - State police now have a Web-based, high-def fingerprint tool to help solve cases - Baltimore Sun 03/17/09
Technology In FY13
- Digitally fingerprints, palm-prints and photographs offender
- Now being used at all Parole & Probation offices for intake
- Expanding use for accurate identification of correctional intakes and releases
- Check-in kiosks for low-risk offenders, added supervision tool for high-risk
- 16,959 new enrollments and 200,154 check ins
- Data consolidated from 100+ different databases, from 22 agencies
- About 653,000 queries a month from MD law enforcement