CHICAGO – As advocates nationally look to reform the criminal justice system, Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, recently passed legislation out of the House that would study Illinois law enforcement’s antiquated system of record keeping.
“Within the criminal justice system, there are so many moving parts, so it’s important to take a step back and take a snapshot of where we are right now,” Stratton said. “We need to look at the efficiency of our record system and as more local systems move towards electronic records to what extent is an over-reliance on paper slowing down the system as a whole?”
The Stratton-introduced House Bill 3879 calls for the state to identify the law enforcement agencies still operating on paper systems. Even in 2017, many law enforcement agencies still have not moved to digital or electronic storage. The study would identify all law enforcement agencies who do not have electronic records to better allow policymakers to create a pathway for these counties to digitize their records in the future.
Even in 2017, many law enforcement agencies still have not moved to digital or electronic storage or information sharing,” Stratton continued. “Having a more efficient system is one factor for creating a more just system.”
House Bill 3879 passed unanimously in the House and now heads to the Senate.