SAP correcting prisoner management
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Dec 07, 2000
The correctional system is one of the more technology-challenged sectors
in many state governments, and it was with that in mind that SAP Public
Sector and Education Inc. Thursday announced a plan to offer states an automated
system to manage prisoners.
Virginia's Department of Corrections is the first to deploy SAP's new
integrated operations management system. The OMS provides a Web-based solution
to manage information on operations ranging from initial prisoner intake
to parole and probation case management.
SAP, which partnered with KPMG Consulting LLC on the project, also will
deploy an inter-enterprise, interagency Web portal that will enable e-commerce,
messaging and the exchange of offender history information, said Tom Shirk,
president of SAP Public Sector and Education.
"The great thing about this is that it is not the creation of a new
legacy system, but part of a new product offering," Shirk said Thursday
at the company's e-government symposium in Washington, D.C. The work in
Virginia only recently got under way, but he said, "there are two or three
other states that are also very interested."
The OMS offers an opportunity for states, counties and local jurisdictions
to exchange information. The offering can aid public safety efforts through
the modernization of corrections management and tracking systems, coupled
with the integration of criminal justice information.
"SAP will enable the Virginia Department of Corrections to catapult
into the e-government world and to remain at the forefront of public safety
applications and technologies," said Bernie Hill, chief information officer
at the Virginia Department of Corrections, in a release.