CJJIS Council Committees and Work Groups

The Council has embarked on an ambitious agenda of initiatives and projects in response to its statutory mandates. These activities are coordinated by committees comprised of Council members and subject matter experts that deal with specific issues in more detail. Through these committees, with representation again covering a cross section of impacted agencies, the Council will be able to address more issues, in more detail, than it could with its own limited meeting time. Committees  were created to do the detailed analysis required to formulate recommendations to the Council. These committees are comprised of representatives from the various constituencies in the public safety sector. Current committees and work groups include:

Data Committee:
This committee's goal is to increase participation and availability of data sharing, interoperability, and standards to meet present demands and future requirements.

Emerging Technology Committee:
This committee's goal is to identify, research, and analyze potential emerging information technologies that apply to the criminal justice domain.

Communications Committee:
This committee's goal is to promote Council communications through increased outreach, enhanced transparency, improved coordination, and regular updates with internal and external stakeholders.

Resources Committee: 
This committee's goal is to provide oversight of criminal justice information systems by appropriately supporting budget, training, staffing, and partnership needs.

Federal Funding Work Group:
This Work Group, with representatives from all constituencies of the Council, has been highly effective in meeting and developing consensus on the appropriate use of federal funds available to Florida for the enhancement of criminal justice information systems. This group develops a unified plan for the sharing of available funding and recommends the plan to the Council for approval. The result is that Florida’s criminal justice agencies do not compete against each other for federal funding; rather, priorities are set and funds are allocated to projects meeting the needs of the criminal justice community as a whole. Significant federal funding has supported the development of the CJNet, as well as various other initiatives targeting the improvement of criminal history data in Florida.

Criminal Justice Data Transparency Work Group:
In Senate Bill (SB) 1382, the 2018 Legislature mandated significant changes in criminal justice data collection in upcoming years by improving criminal justice data transparency and transitioning from summary based reporting to incident-based crime reporting. FDLE sought the guidance of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems (CJJIS) Council on the implementation of both initiatives, as it represents key stakeholders.
 
The data transparency portion of the bill centralizes the majority of criminal justice data by requiring the clerks of court, state attorneys, public defenders, county jail operators and the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) to collect and transmit specific data elements to FDLE. FDLE intends to publish the allowable data elements on the department’s website and make it searchable, at a minimum, by data element, county, circuit, and unique identifier.
 
In May 2018, the CJJIS Council convened a work group to review the transparency requirements of SB 1392 and the tasks involved in meeting the legislature’s policy goals. The Council identified the need for standardized data definitions and exchange processes. With guidance from the Council, FDLE will adopt rules that include the requirements for the data submission by the agencies and how the collected data is compiled, processed, structured, used or shared.