Accurate disposition matching requires the cooperation of multiple independent government entities. Good governance in disposition reporting and criminal history record sharing requires stakeholder involvement from all three branches of government even though no one entity controls all functions and processes. While check and balance principles require independence, cooperation among independent entities is essential to improving the quality of justice.
Governance bodies at each level must establish or improve linkages among stakeholders at all branches and levels. While governance groups are frequently found at the national level, they are often missing at state and particularly, local levels. Key stakeholders at all levels must be actively engaged in the governance process.
Individual employees within justice stakeholder organizations can champion governance efforts, but do not have sufficient authority to establish policies that cross organizational lines. A governance group empowered by statute or mandate can make actionable recommendations to revise processes and develop solutions.Stakeholders
Case study: Pennsylvania's Path to Improved Disposition Reporting
Resources: Disposition Process Flow
Case study: Assessment of Wisconsin's PROTECT System
Resources: BJS Funding (NCHIP/NARIP)Technology and Innovation
Work to streamline intra- and inter stakeholder interfaces, obstacles to efficiency, points of failure, and outdated laws. Leverage improvements already implemented by other jurisdictions. Creatively adapting standard solutions will reduce the cost of implementation. Ensure the governance group and technical personnel stay current with national justice initiatives and technology standards.Policy and Standards
Good governance includes revising policies, establishing priorities for all stakeholders, making the case for funding priorities, and seeking federal grant support where available. Craft policies that encourage communication among stakeholders and enable technical interfaces.