Though they failed to mention my name :-(, the 1/28/2009 Prescott Daily Courier has an article about one of my current work projects, remote booking.
If you expand the photo of the officer at the top left portion of the article, look at the computer screen and you will see my work. I did the user interface and also wrote the code that transfers the booking data into the jail management system (DSI).
Dagny, Kudos to you. The courier is …how shall I say it?.. notorious for not connecting the dots, giving credit or even notice to most of us. But of course that’s what blogs and alternative press are all about.
Bask in the glory of blogdom, you are congratulated on your work!
Dagny Gromer said:
Dagny, your remote booking on the fly is just the thing we need in lieu of our jail closing. The remote booking just hit the news, I wonder.. you must have been privy of this info during all the scwabling over this closure. How do finger print, photograph and such?
Dagny Gromer said:
Remote booking had been in the pipeline for a while as part of the overall transition from a paper based system to a computer based system. I don’t think the criminal justice / legal system will ever be paperless, it’s more reasonable to think less paper.
Back to your questions, the Prescott jail closing on April Fool’s Day altered our timetables. The remote booking project, which was already in progress, became much more time critical. We rearranged schedules a bit, which is nothing out of the ordinary.
Photographing and fingerprinting will still be done at the jail intake. These don’t take much time. Remote booking replaces the officer filling out 3 long paper forms by hand at the jail (booking sheet, Part A, and Probable Cause) with a web based application. The data gets moved over an ssl connection (like online banking, etc) to the jail management system, and the forms are printed.
As laptop computers and communication links get into patrol cars the process of electronically collecting law enforcement data will accelerate. All it takes is time and money 🙂
Thanks Dagny, for your well needed work. You know the upside to this closing is the fact that when the inmates are released and have nowhere to go they will not be loitering around downtown. That jail should have never been built on Gurley St.