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AFIS Automated Fingerprint Identification System The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a biometric identification (ID) methodology that uses digital imaging technology to obtain, store, and analyze fingerprint data.
AOPC Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts is the administrative arm of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This office was established in 1969 to assist the court in operating the Pennsylvania court system
BJA Bureau of Justice Assistance BJA is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. BJA's mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities.
CCHRI Computerized Criminal History Record Information The central repository for criminal history information for the state of Pennsylvania managed by the Pennsylvania State Police.
CHRIA Criminal History Record Information Act Chapter 91 of the Crimes Code of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statues Annotated, 18 Pa. C.S.A. 9101 et. seq., the Criminal History Record Information Act was adopted in January of 1980. The purpose of Act is to provide for an orderly collection and dissemination of criminal history information in the Commonwealth.
CJAB Criminal Justice Advisory Board Criminal Justice Advisory Boards (CJABs) are groups of top-level county officials which address criminal justice issues from a systemic and policy level perspective.
CJIS Criminal Justice Information System Criminal justice information system is a system including the equipment, facilities, procedures, agreements, and organizations accepted and adopted for the collection, processing, preservation, or dissemination of criminal history record information. In each state the criminal justice information system is maintained by Department of Justice (DOJ).
CLEAN Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network The Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN) is used by the Commonwealth's criminal justice agencies to access driver license and motor vehicle information, state criminal history record information maintained in the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository, the Commonwealth's central registry for Protection from Abuse orders, "hot" (stolen and wanted) files, law enforcement messaging capabilities, and a host of other services.
CPIN Commonwealth Photo Image Network The computer network administered by the Commonwealth and used to record and store digital photographs of an individual's face and any scars, marks, tattoos or other unique features of the individual.
DOC Department of Corrections The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) is the Pennsylvania state agency that is responsible for the confinement, care and rehabilitation of approximately 51,000 inmates at state correctional facilities funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
DOJ Department of Justice The United States Department of Justice (often referred to as the Justice Department or DOJ), is the United States federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.
DRU SJODIN NSOPW Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website The U.S. Department of Justice’s Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) provides the public with free, immediate access to all jurisdictions’ sex offender registries—all with one query from a single website. NSOPW is the only government system to link public state, territory, and tribal sex offender registries from a national search site
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a governmental agency belonging to the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency (counterintelligence).
IIR Institute for Intergovernmental Research  
JCJC Juvenile Court Judges Commission The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission was established by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1959. Members of the commission are nominated by the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and appointed by the governor for three-year terms.
NCIC National Crime Information Center NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice information (i.e.- criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen properties, missing persons). It is available to Federal, state, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
NIEM National Information Exchange Model The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is an XML-based information exchange framework from the United States.
ORI Originating Agency Identifier Originating Agency Identifier is a code assigned to designate the administration or organization originating a transaction was developed by the FBI CJIS National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
OTN Offense Tracking Number  The Offense Tracking Number is a unique number assigned by the court to a particular arrest at the time of arraignment.
OVA Office of Victim Advocate The Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA) was created by the Victim Advocate Law, Act 8 of the 1995 Special Legislative Session on Crime. The purpose of the Victim Advocate is to represent the rights and interests of crime victims before the Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of Corrections.
PA SORT Pennsylvania's Sex Offender Registry Tool Pennsylvania's Sex Offender Registration tool provided by the SMART Office and customized by the Pennsylvania State Police for use in implementation of Act 111.
PBPP Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole The Parole Board was established by the Parole Act of 1941, which states “The parole system provides several benefits to the criminal justice system, including the provision of adequate supervision of the offender while protecting the public, the opportunity for the offender to become a useful member of society and the diversion of appropriate offenders from prison.”
PCCD Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was established in 1978 with the mission to improve the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania.
PSP Pennsylvania State Police The Pennsylvania State Police was created by an act of the legislation which was signed into law by Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker on May 2, 1905. It was the first uniformed police organization of its kind in the United States.
SID State Identification Number All Criminal History Records are based on fingerprint cards submitted, which are the only positive means of identification. The PSP Central Repository/Criminal Records and Identification Division assigns a SID to each unique fingerprint card, with all information from subsequent fingerprint cards for the same individual linked to the SID.
SMART Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking The SMART Office was authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 to administer the standards for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program set forth in Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act.
SOAB Sexual Offender Assessment Board The Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB), created through a joint effort of the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office following a Special Session on Crime, was originally established under Act 24 of 1995, or what is commonly known as “Megan’s Law.” Megan's Law calls for the assessment and registration of all sex offenders who are convicted under the law.
SORNA Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act SORNA refers to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act which is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248). SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States.
SORT Sex Offender Registry Tool The Sex Offender Registry Tool is a sex offender management application provided by the SMART Office at no cost to assist states in implementing the SORNA registry system requirements of the Adam Walsh Act. SORT makes the registry setup and maintenance process as efficient and effective as possible
TTSORS Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System TTSORS is a fully functioning system that complies with SORNA requirements. TTSORS was created to assist the 197 Indian tribes that have elected to implement SORNA and the 5 principal U.S. territories by effectively removing the technical difficulties of implementing SORNA requirements

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