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NCJ Number: 167646 Find in a Library
Title: Information Technology in the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (From Computerization in the Management of the Criminal Justice System: Proceedings of the Workshop and the Symposium on Computerization of Criminal Justice Information at the Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime
Author(s): P-E Lundh
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Finland
Annotation: Four years ago the Prison and Probation Service of Sweden began new ways of using computer information technology to handle offenders to improve efficiency and provide a good supply of information to all parts of the organization.
Abstract: Information systems for dealing with offenders differ from other systems in several ways. Among these are that they cannot be purchased ready for use from a supplier, they are a link in the criminal justice information system, data security issues are crucial, and changes are required when laws change. The system uses standard software. The information is gradually be transferred from the older mainframe computers to the newer network. The technical platform uses a local network, a server, and personal computers. A committee coordinates the information technology issues in the judicial system. The experience to date reveals that the work takes more time than planned, changing routines in the prison and probation administration is difficult, the supplier's knowledge and interest are important, and it is important to review the administrative and manual routines before using the systems.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Sweden
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