Pennsylvania boosts security to Justice Network
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 27, 2000
Pennsylvania has signed another contract with VeriSign Inc. to provide additional
security to the state's Justice Network (JNET), which compiles public safety
information from various agencies and places it on a secure Internet site.
JNET allows various criminal justice agencies to maintain their information
systems individually. Information is then collected, put into a uniform
format and transferred to a World Wide Web site where approved people can access the information.
Scott Elliott, spokesperson for the Governor's Office of Administration,
said the network is crucial to the criminal justice system because it allows
complete integration of public safety information.
The five basic information systems included in the network are those
of the state police, Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation
(DOT), Board of Probation and Parole, and Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania
"Before, each group would have to re-input information, and it would
be a waste of time and resources," Elliott said. For example, after someone
is arrested, the police officer enters the information into the system,
and then the court administrators have to enter it again during a trial.
The system now allows more than 200 people to log in — using digital
certificates to ensure security — and gather all the necessary information
from one source.
The new contract is part of the second phase of the network, which includes
increasing the number of people who can access the site and adding new capabilities,
such as digital mug shots, access to DOT photo images and drivers' license
data, and live posting of court dispositions.