Innovations Awards

The average probation and parole officer in North Carolina manages a caseload of nearly 70 offenders. The officers have  to visit each offender at home, and make sure offenders are regularly tested for drugs, make court appearances and ensure they haven’t committed additional crimes. The sheer number of offenders in each caseload made that a daunting task. The Probation/Parole Officers Dashboard, one of this year’s Innovations Winners for the Southern region, has made that task a lot less daunting.

In 2008, two North Carolina college students from two the state’s flagship universities were murdered. The alleged murderers were no strangers to the criminal justice system. But because of the fragmentation of information in the state’s criminal justice system, it was hard to connect the dots on the alleged murderers. Department of Correction cases are identified by an identification number, the sex offender registry uses separate identification numbers and court cases have yet another number.  North Carolina made the best of a bad situation. The murders led legislators to order the creation of an integrated data system. The result was the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services program—CJLEADS—an Innovations award winner for the Southern region.

In the past, Michigan’s state information technology department specialized in delivering the expensive “gold, silver and bronze” type of IT service projects, those that needed a lot of safeguards to prevent any downtime. What they were missing was a cheaper, faster service that falls more along the lines of aluminum or tin. That’s where MiCloud, one of this year’s Innovations Awards winners from the Midwestern region, comes in.

Need a job? Changing careers? Need help caring for a frail family member? These are just three of the topics addressed by the 2010 CSG Innovations Award winners. Given the budget situation facing many states, the need for states to learn from each other is more important than ever, whether that means doing more work with less resources, or doing something better than before. CSG Innovations Awards have played a key role in making that happen for more than 20 years. Here are the 2010 Innovations Award winners. 

Does GIS—geographic information system—sound too much like techno babble? Well, thousands of Virginia emergency management officials use the technology all the time. In fact, it often is the difference in making a quick, emergency decision to save lives and property versus scrambling to get all the necessary information in a crisis. Virginia uses GIS mapping combined with real-time data in its intuitive Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response program, nicknamed VIPER.