The CJIS program initiative, known as the Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS) is an integrated, information systems plan, developed with all the state criminal justice agencies to respond to the growing demand for criminal justice data on criminal offenders.
An integral part of Connecticut's war on criminal activity is an ability to communicate and manage information on criminal offenders. Timely, complete, and accurate data on persons involved in crimes are necessary to assure these persons are apprehended and prohibited from continuing their criminal activity.
OBTS brings many different information systems together to more effectively and efficiently track offenders. OBTS is a system which tracks the status of an offender on a near real time basis from the time of arraignment, through adjudication, incarceration, and supervision, until release, as applicable.
Criminal justice agencies, as authorized, may query OBTS for offender information.
Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS) is currently established and operating among the criminal justice agencies under the oversight of the CJIS Governing Board. Currently, the following systems are providing, being implemented, or are scheduled to provide data to the OBTS:
Court Case Management System
Central Infractions Bureau
Paperless Re-Arrest Warrant Network
Protection Order Registry
Probation Case Management System (scheduled)
Department of Public Safety
Master Name Index / Computerized Criminal History (CCH)
Sex Offender Registry (SOR) (scheduled)
Department of Correction
Offender Management Information System
Sentence and Time Calculation
Parole Case Notes (scheduled).
OBTS is nearly completed. It contains (or will contain) in one system, offender data including: names/identifying data, criminal histories, court data, dispositions, restraining/protective orders, incarceration status, probation information, and parole status; build upon and utilize existing state agency systems and data; provide access to complete, timely, and accurate criminal history; generate reports for state statistical or administrative purposes; and set the stage for future enhancements.
As criminal activity has exacerbated, the need for data held by other agencies has become critical, especially as offenders move from one jurisdictional responsibility to another, e.g., investigation, arrest, judiciary (court, prosecution, defense), correction, parole, and probation.
Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS) is operational. Law enforcement and judicial staff, as authorized, are invited and encouraged to be trained and certified for the use of the OBTS.