cjis: PRAWN

Paperless Arrest Warrant Network (PRAWN) {Judicial Branch}

Program Description

The Judicial Branch's Paperless Arrest Warrant Network (PRAWN) was implemented in 2002 after Public Act 00-209 authorized the entry of warrants for Failure to Appear in a central computer system. 

PRAWN was created in response to 2000 legislation that authorized the court to enter warrants for criminal defendants who fail to appear for court in a central computer system.  The system was implemented in all municipal police departments in August, 2005, and all state police units in March, 2007.  It was reprogrammed to accommodate other types of court warrants and arrest orders.

The system is now utilized by more than 140 local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, and recent statistics illustrate that more warrants are being served as a result.

PRAWN employs two components to facilitate the service of such warrants: the inquiry component, and the custodial processing component. 

  1. Inquiry:  most criminal justice agencies in CT now have the ability to locate detailed warrant information and identify the agency holding the warrant, when applicable.
  2. Custodial Processing:  new warrants are distributed in a “paperless” medium, so any authorized law enforcement agency can serve a warrant by printing the required custody documents from the system.

There are two distinct components to PRAWN: the inquiry component, and the custodial processing component.  The inquiry component enables criminal justice officials to ascertain whether a subject has an outstanding arrest warrant.  When an arrest warrant is issued, specific data is entered in the Criminal Motor Vehicle System (CRMVS).  This data is instantly transmitted to PRAWN and therefore, available to criminal justice agencies throughout the state, either through direct inquires in PRAWN, or through more general inquires in the state's police Connecticut Online Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing System (COLLECT) and the Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS).

Whenever any active warrant is located in PRAWN, any authorized law enforcement agency can use the system's custodial processing component to serve the warrant.  In the coming months, PRAWN will be reprogrammed to include other types of judicial custody orders including warrants for Violation of Probation, and outstanding judgment mittimuses for offenders who fail to satisfy their sentences.

See  PRAWN Chart or [JPG] PRAWN Chart

PRAWN Statistics through September 2008

29,177  Warrants Issued in 2008
18,526  Failure to Appear
10,651  Violation of Probation  (preexisting warrants back loaded)

25,755  Warrants Served in 2008
20,799  Failure to Appear
  4,956  Violation of Probation

38,596  Active Warrants
33,024  Failure to Appear
  5,572  Violation of Probation

179       Agencies Serving Warrants with PRAWN
114 Municipal Police Departments
 65  State and Federal Agencies and Offices

Total Warrants Entered:  178,578.

For further information, contact the Court Operations Unit at (860) 263-2708 or justice.support@jud.ct.gov.



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