The Department of Corrections, Information Technology Unit (DOC-OIT), was established in late 1996 to address looming Y2K issues. As the year 2000 approached, the Department realized that there would be major challenges in our information technology future. At that time, the Department relied on obsolete IBM System/36 computer hardware, which was installed in 1985. The System/36 had to be replaced with a state-of-the-art computer environment in order to manage the growing offender population and the expanding need to share information with other State and Federal government agencies. The DOC-OIT then installed the Department of Corrections Management Information System (DOCMIS), a Y2K project funded through a line of credit from the New Jersey Department of Treasury.
DOCMIS consists of two major components: the Correctional Management Information System (CMIS) and the Department of Corrections Network (DOCNet). CMIS includes an offender management system, an electronic medical record application, a custody officer scheduling system, the Oracle Human Resources and Training applications, FileNet document imaging, and numerous smaller applications. CMIS is also integrated with a hospital-quality medical package and a Document Imaging and Management System (FileNet). DOCNet provides the Department with the local/wide area network operations, which allows for a centralized information system for easier data access. PCs, printers, standardized imaging, cabling, routers, switches and servers, along with a centralized three tier Help Desk, complete DOCNet.
The DOC has been highly successful in employing the hardware and software infrastructure needed to support the Department's dynamic and expanding needs. Where applicable, the DOC has pursued shared services with other state IT organizations, thereby reducing duplication and leveraging economies of scale. This strategy has helped the IT unit to "do more with less" during this period of fiscal constraints. In spite of these constraints, as a unit, we are determined to go beyond a strategy of "doing more with less." In the years ahead, our IT unit's primary focus will be on "making a difference with what we have."
Significant advances in technology that will entail delivery of new products, services and capabilities can be expected over the next several years. The DOC intends to exploit these advances because, even in difficult fiscal times, our stakeholders expect IT to deliver solutions that make a difference. This will create an opportunity for our IT organization to make a difference by using information and technologies in new ways.
Business System Plan Mission Statement
The mission of the New Jersey Department of Corrections is to protect the public by operating safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities. The mission is realized through effective supervision, proper classification, appropriate treatment of offenders, and by providing services that promote successful reentry into society.
IT Mission Statement
The New Jersey Department of Corrections Office of Information Technology's mission is to support core business needs of the department through the development, use, and support of new technologies and information systems; to provide the integrated exchange of data with internal and external stakeholders; to identify emerging technologies and trends to improve employee productivity and reduce operating costs; to advise management of IT best practices; and to deliver timely and accurate services to stakeholders in a professional and courteous fashion.
Business System Plan Vision Statement
The New Jersey Department of Corrections is a progressive and pro-active correctional system, which utilizes professionally trained custody and civilian staff, modern correctional practices and business procedures, and state-of-the-art technology to ensure that state resources are maximized and public safety is enhanced to the fullest extent possible.
IT Vision Statement
The New Jersey Department of Corrections will provide safer communities for the citizens of New Jersey by investing in and utilizing state-of-the-art technology and integrated information systems/services.
Stakeholders and customers will be provided easy and timely access to information (both secure and public) so they may make more informed decisions.
Enabling technologies will be used to improve the delivery of services.
Providing employees with all necessary systems access and information will effectively support core business functions. This will maximize effectiveness and improve efficiency of NJDOC business activities.
Standardized technology platforms will be used to develop cooperative partnerships with other criminal justice agencies, and enable the delivery of responsive business solutions on federal, state, county and local levels.
Various on-line services will be provided when and where agencies, businesses, and individuals need them.
Staff retention and employee skills will be improved by providing training opportunities and using new technologies, thus creating more interesting and challenging work environments.