Leading the Way in Criminal Justice Reform to Improve Lives

Modernized IT system provides New Jersey Courts with more insight into offenders — faster.

The people of New Jersey have spoken, voting to eliminate bail for crime suspects in most cases. The idea is to release non-violent suspects who pose little flight risk quickly — and who often can’t afford bail — but detain dangerous offenders while they await trial, even if they can post bond.

The new law takes effect in 2017, with a pilot program launching in 2016. To succeed, court officials face hiring hundreds of new employees.

To reduce those costs and help judges make more informed decisions, New Jersey Courts is implementing a business process management and risk assessment system on a unified enterprise platform. An application called Public Safety Assessment will crunch the courts’ existing data to help determine whether the person is dangerous or a flight risk, says Jack McCarthy, CIO for New Jersey Courts.