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Around 2 million people with severe mental illnesses are booked into jails in the U.S. each year—accounting for nearly 20% of all male and 30% of all female inmates. The corrections officials who run our nation’s jails and the public health officials who oversee the delivery of behavioral health services in counties and states have a unique challenge in managing this inmate population.  Because many of these severely mentally ill individuals continuously cycle through the criminal justice and community behavioral health systems, local governments must develop response strategies that are supported by improved information sharing and quantitative analysis between these distinct systems.

Click here to learn how the Counties of Pima, Arizona, and Adams, Colorado, through the Open Justice Broker Consortium, implemented a data analytics framework that joins jail custody and behavioral health treatment history data, which offer invaluable insights to the jail inmate population.

The Board of Directors of the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC)—which is dedicated to improving justice information sharing through the reuse of low-cost, open-source and standards-based integration software—has appointed Mr. Andrew Owen as OJBC Executive Director, effective May 1, 2017.

In this role, he serves as the chief executive officer of the consortium, managing its work and business, serving on Board Committees, and reporting to the Board.

“The OJBC Board is proud to welcome Andrew to his new role,” said OJBC Chair Matt Ruel, Maine State Bureau of Identification. “He has an extensive knowledge of open source software and information sharing needs of State and Local government and many years of experience implementing standards-conformant solutions. To these, he also brings thought leadership and a strong commitment to innovation. I am looking forward to working with him on moving the OJBC along in its mission to promote a more effective, efficient justice system.”

Andrew has played a key role in supporting members and day-to-day operations of the OJBC since its inception in 2011, directing software development activities, and ensuring that all technical solutions are implemented in accordance with the OJBC technical architecture. In addition, he is Director of Information Sharing Programs for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he oversees initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide for federal, state, local, and tribal organizations.

Mr. Owen replaces Mr. Scott Came as OJBC’s Executive Director. For more information about the OJBC, please visit www.ojbc.org or follow us on Twitter @OJBConsortium.

Today, the Open Justice Broker Consortium was named among the inaugural winners of the Code for America Technology Awards at the 2015 Code for America Summit. OJBC is being recognized for its Open Justice Broker platform, which supports better information sharing and integration in the justice system through use of open source software and cross-boundary collaboration. Read more

The State of Michigan joined the non-profit Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) on January 1, 2015. It is now the fourth member of the consortium, joining the States of Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont. The non-profit OJBC supports the exchange of critical information within the justice and public safety community. Its members develop information sharing capabilities collaboratively and collectively, then share and reuse them through the Open Justice Broker, a reliable, secure open source technology platform. Read more

The Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) has been awarded a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to develop analytical capabilities in the Open Justice Broker, and implement those capabilities in three jurisdictions, starting with the State of Vermont (which is currently an OJBC Member), and expanding to two new Member jurisdictions by 2016. Read more

The Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) was named a 2013 Best of NIEM winner November 6 by the NIEM Program Management Office (PMO). The award recognizes NIEM implementation projects that demonstrate how intergovernmental collaboration and innovative technology deliver results that improve mission performance, increase efficiency, and support government transparency. Read more