JNET Services and Benefits
Pennsylvania's Justice Network (JNET) is the Commonwealth's primary public safety and criminal justice information broker. JNET's integrated justice portal provides a common online environment for authorized users to access public safety and criminal justice information. This critical information comes from various contributing municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.
JNET's secure web portal provides access to over 39,000 practitioners throughout the Commonwealth's sixty-seven counties as well as federal and state agencies. JNET provides these practitioners with the ability to conduct secure investigations in a web-based environment.
Access to JNET's secure web portal is dependent upon policy, secure connectivity, and role-based entitlements. Practitioners with proper security credentials and authority have access to information that historically took days or weeks to obtain through legacy, paper-driven, and sometimes manual-based business processes.
One-time data entry has improved the effectiveness of participating agencies, and has significantly improved data accuracy throughout the Commonwealth's criminal justice system. Information entered into a records management system at the onset of an investigation can now follow the offender throughout their criminal justice tract. As offenders pass through the gateway of justice through post-sentencing supervision, offender information flows in concert with the offender's progression.
JNET's secure messaging infrastructure allows for the secure transfer of information between agency systems and users. This data exchange and event messaging model provides stakeholders with the ability to maintain ownership and control of their data systems, and has elevated county and state agency data availability. This currently includes participating in electronic data exchange, and subscribing to real-time event messaging services.
JNET provides critical information to law enforcement in a timely manner which enhances public safety. Having the right information available at the right time ensures criminal justice agencies are making the right decisions efficiently and effectively. The availability of this information has enabled officers in the field to identify and apprehend suspected individuals, solve cases faster, and keep criminals off the street. JNET has also minimized the risk of releasing offenders who could pose a public threat.
JNET benefits also include reduced costs associated with defendant and offender processing and reduced delays in processing criminal cases. JNET has improved prosecution efforts through timely access to case information. The availability of photos through JNET has also been used to prevent innocent people from being arrested due to misidentification.
JNET is available through police cruiser laptops and other hand-held devices. This mobile access to PennDOT photos, driver and vehicle registration information, criminal history records information and arrest photos is a major benefit to law enforcement.
Police use JNET to access criminal history records information and to assist in investigations. The Department of Corrections uses JNET to keep inmate records current. The PA Board of Probation and Parole accesses JNET to track offenders’ activity throughout the criminal justice system with real time JNET notification alerts. The FBI and other federal agencies access JNET for criminal history records information and to assist in investigations. Magisterial District Judges use JNET to access statewide Administrative Office of PA Courts' information.
Almost every law enforcement and public safety professional can benefit from JNET access. To see a list of job functions and the benefits associated with JNET access click here.