ICACMP

In July 2016 the ISAC began management of the Iowa County Attorney’s Case Management Project (ICACMP). Currently 52 counties participate in the project and on average five new counties are added each year. The mission of the project is to improve the efficiency of the prosecutor’s office in Iowa. This is accomplished through a variety of avenues.

Prolaw

Prolaw is a legal case management software that provides customizable document templates, contact management, integration with Microsoft Office and Adobe, and much more! In addition to this functionality, the software has been customized to meet the needs of Iowa’s criminal justice processes. One of the most impressive features of this software is shared file access for all users at any time. Allowing all users access to cases is essential when managing the large and varied caseloads that the majority of County Attorneys have as well as collection of court debt. Another important feature is the potential for offices to go completely paperless. Going paperless has some powerful cost savings attached to it particularly with regard to office and storage space.

Counties that join the project receive discounted pricing for the software and intensive support that includes:

Data Exchanges

ICACMP has been instrumental in developing and prioritizing data exchanges with the various criminal justice components across the state. The fees paid by the member counties defrays the cost of implementing data exchanges because of the consistency of the database among the member counties, and have been crucial to decreasing data entry by County Attorney staff. These exchanges also increase efficiency and accuracy as they are in real time in most cases. There are several data exchanges on the horizon and one of the most exciting is an auto-file feature. This will allow users to directly file from within Prolaw and eliminate the need to go outside of the application to electronically file with the courts.

Charging Table

The project is also responsible for the management of a charging table that contains statutes and wording for all Iowa criminal code statutes. This is a large undertaking as the table is updated each time a statute has been redacted or enacted to ensure that members have the most up to date and accurate charging language within Prolaw. In addition, many other criminal justice agencies and data exchanges utilize this table to exchange charge data in a consistent manner across all systems.

Shared Server

The shared server is a cloud based environment hosted at ISAC that allows smaller counties (5 users and under) to utilize the Prolaw software. This is ideal for counties that do not have dedicated IT staff and/or do not have server space for the software. The project manages all updates and maintenance of the shared server and there are currently seven counties utilizing this option.

 

For a more in depth look at what the project offers please see our article in the Iowa County Magazine here!

Contact Andrea Jansen with any inquiries about the program at 515-244-7181 or ajansen@iowacounties.org.