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NCJ Number: 67688 Find in a Library
Title: JUVENILE JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DATA COLLECTION (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 4TH LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 6-10, 1977 AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE HIGHLIGHTS, GROUP 2, 1977 - SEE NCJ-67682)
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America

Teach 'Em Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: J-37, SIDE 8
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS CASSETTE TAPE DISCUSSES THE RECENT HISTORY OF DATA SYSTEMS USED BY JUVENILE COURTS FOR INFORMATION AND RESEARCH, ALONG WITH PROBLEMS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL SYSTEMS.
Abstract: JUVENILE COURTS BEGAN USING DATA SYSTEMS IN 1973 WITH MOST OF THE FUNDING COMING FROM LEAA. IN ORDER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO BE USED AS RESEARCH TOOLS, AN EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS NECESSARY. AMONG THE APPLICATIONS OF THESE SYSTEMS ARE NAME INDEXING, CASE FOLLOWING, DOCKETING, AND RESEARCH, ALTHOUGH THE TWO LATTER APPLICATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN USED VERY OFTEN. THE ADDITION OF THESE SYSTEMS DID NOT REDUCE STAFF ANYWHERE, BUT THE POTENTIAL EXISTS TO REDUCE FUTURE HIRING RATES. THERE ARE AS MANY BATCH AS ON-LINE SYSTEMS, AND THE ON-LINES ARE SEVEN TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE AND TAKE THREE TIMES LONGER TO DEVELOP. NO COURT HAS ITS OWN COMPUTER; COUNTY OR STATE CENTERS OR MULTICOURT SYSTEMS ARE USED. MOST SYSTEMS HAVE PAID LITTLE ATTENTION TO CONFIDENTIALITY, AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION POLICIES OR RECORDS CONTROLS BECAUSE OF INFORMAL AND FRIENDLY RELATIONS BETWEEN JUDGES AND DATA PROCESSING DIRECTORS. WAYS TO ENSURE CONFIDENTIALITY INCLUDE SOFTWARE SAFEGUARDS, AUDIT TRAILS, LOGS, AND CRYPTOGRAPHY. JUVENILES SHOULD HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SYSTEM'S USE, AND THE SYSTEM SHOULD BE DESIGNED AROUND INDIVIDUAL CASES, RATHER THAN AGGREGATION. TO ENSURE PROTECTION, A SYSTEM SHOULD BE WELL-PLANNED BEFORE IT GOES INTO OPERATION; DUPLICATES OF TAPES AND PROGRAMS SHOULD BE STORED SEPARATELY. A SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM MUST HAVE A COMMITMENT FROM TOP LEVEL MANAGEMENT, ENOUGH MONEY, AND A COMPETENT STAFF.
Index Term(s): Computer software; Confidential records access; Data collections; Information processing; Information Systems and Technology; Juvenile courts; Tape recordings
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE-HALF OF ONE SIDE ON ONE AUDIOCASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM WHICH COMPRISES THE REST OF THE AUDIOCASSETTE, SEE NCJ-67687. FOR THE ENTIRE KIT, SEE NCJ-67682.
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