On December 8, 2003 the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) became the first CFA facility to use the department’s latest Offender Management Network Information (OMNI) application to track prisoner movement and callouts.
For nearly two years, dedicated employees from various facilities, central office, and the Michigan Department of Information Technology (MDIT) have worked to design and develop the Offender Callout Management System (OCMS). Roxanne Strouth, Special Activities Director, serves as the Implementation Manager for JCF’s conversion to the new system.
|Training staff from left: Jeni Faber, Roxanne Strouth, Julie VanBuren, Penny Muma, and Catherine DeForest.
"JCF is the first facility to use OCMS to generate callouts for their level IV prisoners with additional units set to come on-line soon," said Strouth. "This project has been a challenging endeavor. To see the program put into operation is very rewarding."
Currently, eight CFA facilities (ARF, JCF, NCF, RGC, URF, KCF, SCF, WCF) are preparing to roll out OCMS in the coming weeks. A department-wide implementation is scheduled to begin soon.
According to Terry Lippincott, Departmental Analyst, CFA Central Office, the move from the current Computerized Prisoner Movement System (CPMS) to OCMS is needed for several reasons. First and foremost is the availability and retention of prisoner information. With CPMS, prisoner information is only available to the facility where the prisoner currently is housed. If the prisoner transfers, the receiving facility has no access to the information stored at the sending facility. As a result, the receiving facility has no choice but to re-enter the prisoner information.
With OCMS, once any information is entered, it becomes available to every facility and camp. This vastly decreases any need for duplicate information entry and it also provides an electronic record of every prisoner.
Regardless of the current location of the prisoner, the records can show all the prisoner’s past work assignments, programs, educational classes and therapy. This is but a fraction of the information which will be available to all facilities once in the system. Finally, the old CPMS system used Paradox software which is no longer supported since the department’s conversion to Microsoft products.
"OCMS will ultimately reduce staff time spent on data entry and provide a more detailed account of daily prisoner movement," said Tim Eklin, Automated Systems Manager, CFA Central Office."OCMS is one of the ways that the Department is increasing productivity by embracing innovation and technology."
Michigan Department of Corrections FYI 01-22-04