Dept. of Corrections announces IT
Offender360 will eventually replace
department's aging system
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[February 15, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Corrections, along with Microsoft, announced on
Wednesday the implementation of a new IT modernization effort that
will revolutionize the way criminal justice information is stored
and shared across the state. Offender360 is an online criminal
justice information system built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. This new
cloud-based system will be phased in over the next several years and
will eventually replace the 1980s mainframe Offender Tracking System
currently used by the department.
"Offender360 will expand IDOC's capacity for data-sharing, operational
collaboration and transparency," said IDOC Director Salvador "Tony" Godinez.
"This technology will give Illinois one of the most advanced criminal justice
information systems in the nation."
"Illinois is leading the nation in
adopting a statewide, cloud-based solution that will effectively manage the
offender population and ultimately better protect its citizens," said Amir
Capriles, general manager of U.S. Public Sector Dynamics at Microsoft Corp.
"Illinois is a leader among its peers, demonstrating that criminal justice
programs across the country can be transformed by modernizing legacy systems
with cloud-based solutions while supporting necessary security, business
processes and legislation."
Offender360 centralizes offender information and intelligence to assist staff
in making more effective and informed decisions regarding placement,
rehabilitation and release. It will also allow the department to collaborate and
share data with external criminal justice agencies.
IDOC will undergo a phased rollout, anticipating 5,500 users of Offender360
by this summer. Phase I encompasses about 40 percent of the information from
IDOC's current system. The ultimate goal is complete migration to Offender360;
however, the current Offender Tracking System will remain the department's
"system of record" until all records have either been integrated or migrated to
the new platform.
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IDOC anticipates the system will provide cost savings once
Offender360 is fully implemented. The savings would be derived from
a reduction of duplicate medical tests, more effective intake
procedures and reduction of overtime now being used to manage paper
IDOC is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as
well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and
the successful re-entry of inmates into society.
Illinois Department of
Corrections file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]