Magazine article Corrections Forum

Stepping Stone

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Stepping Stone

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Government Technology

Michigan's state law enforcement agency has undertaken steps towards eventual interoperability. In December, Michigan State Police's Criminal History Record Improvement Project is expected to be fully operational, and will transform the existing mainframe-based Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system into a more open system. "The reason this particular effort is so important to us is that it's one piece in a very large puzzle moving from older proprietary technologies to a more open, sharable environment," explains Patrick Hale, director of strategic planning and research for the Michigan Department of Information Technology. The CCH database features such information as arrests, prosecutions, and convictions, and the improved database will help slash costs related to maintaining and distributing criminal records. This is because data processing will become more efficient and less redundant at all phases. The upgrade will involve an Oracle database and a Web-based front end. XML and other Web services will permit message queuing technology to retrieve and send data to multiple law enforcement agencies. The updated database will also be able to swap data with the various legacy interfaces of agencies. …

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