Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System suggests that information technology in criminal justice will continue to challenge us to think about how we turn information into knowledge, who can use that knowledge, and for what purposes. In this text, editor April Pattavina synthesizes the growing body of research in information technology and criminal justice. Contributors examine what has been learned from past experiences, what the current state of IT is in various components of the criminal justice system, and what challenges lie ahead.

Information, Technology, and Criminal Justice Education

Information, technology, and criminal justice education
James M.Byrne and EveBuzawa

One of the axioms of management in both the public and private sectors is that “information is power.” In many circles, the management of information is now viewed as a key to effective leadership, particularly in organizations undergoing rapid transformation and change (Gardner, 2004). For managers in the criminal justice sector, the recent advances in information technology (IT) provide opportunities for improvements in operational control, decision making, and strategic planning that are essential to the success of police, court, and correctional agencies. However, changes in IT also create a variety of problems for these same criminal justice managers, particularly regarding the skill development, analytic development, and knowledge development of line staff ...

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