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How DEMS Helps Criminal Justice System To Become More Efficient?

What is the U.S Criminal Justice System, and how does VIDIZMO help CJS become more competent and effective in solving criminal cases faster?
by Sidra Jabeen Updated on May 27, 2022

Justice must be served!

It is the most critical component in the domain of law and public safety.

In the United States, Criminal Justice System is responsible to enforce laws, maintain law and order, ensure public safety, and deliver justice to all.

With the advent of digital devices, digital evidence is becoming ubiquitous. Now, it is an integral part of the investigation of most criminal cases.

In addition to that, according to the U.S Government:

"The crime rate in the U.S is approximately 47.70 per 100,000 people".

So, it creates a challenging environment for the U.S Criminal Justice System to successfully solve crimes using digital evidence.

This article will explain digital evidence and the U.S criminal justice system and how DEMS help CJS to become more efficient in criminal case proceedings and serving justice?

What Is Digital Evidence And The U.S Criminal Justice System?

Over the past years, the U.S criminal justice system has evolved with more complexity and structure. It consists of varying individual systems at the city, county, state, and federal levels.

This system aims to fight crimes and serve justice through a series of steps. This is not as simple as it seems to be.

It involves each department, including police departments, private agencies, and courts, at every step. The process initiates when a person commits a crime and ends with the court's final verdict.

Police officers are merely involved in criminal investigation and evidence collection. They are using body-worn cameras, dash-cams, and other digital devices to facilitate the entire process of evidence collection.

infographic representing deployment of body worn cameras

Source: Bureau of Justice statistics

Therefore, this considerable amount of digital evidence creates significant challenges for police officers and other investigators.

Components of the U.S Criminal Justice System

The U.S criminal justice system consists of 3 main components.

  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Courts
  • Corrections

Let's discuss them one by one for better understanding.

Law Enforcement Agencies

The first pillar of the U.S criminal justice system is law enforcement. The primary role of law enforcement officers is to:

  • Identify the suspects
  • Arrest them
  •  Gather evidence against them
  •  Submit the reports to the prosecutors for further investigation

Police officers, sheriff's deputies, detectives, and agents all work together to enforce legal laws and protect citizens.

Courts

Prosecutors are responsible for filing charges against the suspects based on facts gathered through digital evidence.

The suspects must be brought before the judge without any delay. Courts will decide whether an arrested person is innocent or guilty based on given evidence.

Within the system, there are local, and federal courts in the U.S. Judges oversee the court proceedings such as trials, accept, or reject plea agreements etc.

Corrections

The final component of the U.S criminal justice system is correction, which deals with sentencing and punishment matters.
After conviction, if the suspected person is found guilty, the judge or, in some cases, the jury decides an appropriate punishment for the convicted person during the sentencing phase.

Digital Evidence - The Biggest Challenge For the U.S Criminal Justice System

In this era of technology, digital devices such as mobile phones and cameras are widely used. These devices often contain essential information about crimes, conversations, video evidence, and audio recordings.

As a result, there are specific challenges to consider.

Police officers have a vast considerable amount of digital evidence, and it is a great challenge for them to collect and seize digital evidence.

Secondly, they must securely store and share digital evidence with prosecutors and defense attorneys after collection.

Most importantly, prosecutors must prove the integrity of digital evidence in the courtroom.

Contrary to that, it will be challenged because it has been tampered with, resulting in its inadmissibility in court.

Prosecutors have a stack of evidence to use and retrieve relevant information within the required time.

At every level, officers are facing difficulties in solving criminal cases.

How to enhance the potential of the criminal justice system to become more competent and effective?

What is the solution to overcome all these challenges?

VIDIZMO’s Digital Evidence Management System is the solution!

VIDIZMO provides an effortless way to tackle all your problems.

How VIDIZMO Helps CJS To Become More Efficient?

VIDIZMO’s Digital Evidence Management System streamlines and accelerates the process of digital evidence management and empowers law enforcement agencies, including police departments and governmental organizations, to ingest, store, manage, analyze, and share massive volumes of digital evidence in a centralized repository in less time.

 

 

VIDIZMO DEMS enables you to:

  • Ingest ever-increasing digital evidence from various sources like CCTV cameras, Vehicle dashcams, Body-worn cameras, Drone cams, and phone call recordings.

  • Secure your digital evidence with FIPS-Compliant AES-256 end-to-end encryption at rest and in transit.
  • Prevent unauthorized access and assign specific roles and permissions to each authorized user to access the portal (Role-Based Access Control).

  • Allow or restrict access to specific regional IP addresses.

  • Deploy in the Commercial/Government Cloud (Azure or AWS), on-premises, or hybrid infrastructure as per your requirements.

  • Integrate with your existing IT applications RMS, CMS system and various SSO identity providers such as OneLogin, Okta etc.

  • Manage individual users and specific groups to access the portal.

  • To detect, track and redact personally identifiable information meeting compliance requirements such as FOIA, HIPPA, GDPR etc.
  • Keep track of your digital evidence files by maintaining the complete chain of custody reports.

  • Ensure evidence integrity is not compromised at any level through SHA cryptographic value (tamper detection).

  • Share digital evidence securely with other officers with restricted options, e.g., number of views, block download option, creating multiple links for each file and much more.

  • Transcribe digital files in more than 39 languages and translate them into 50+ languages.

  • Transcribe 4 different languages spoken in a video simultaneously. (Multilingual Transcription) using artificial intelligence.

The list of features does not end here.

In fact, we offer much more!

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Posted by Sidra Jabeen

Sidra is a Technology Content Strategist at VIDIZMO. Sidra is actively involved in Research. An expert in Digital Evidence Management System Technologies. For Queries, you can email at sidra.jabeen@vidizmo.com

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