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FAQ2019-02-19T12:25:32+00:00
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We work with a strong network of justice professionals across the country, and we’ve compiled some of our most-asked questions to help you get the information you need, right away.  

equivant FAQs

On January 9, 2017, Courtview Justice Solutions Inc., Constellation Justice Systems Inc., and Northpointe Inc. were united as equivant under a single brand dedicated to helping justice agencies better serve our communities. Our mission is to embrace community while advancing justice, delivering better outcomes for all who touch the justice system.

equivant is owned by Constellation Software, Inc., a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are financially stable with 38% growth year-over-year, $1.67 billion in gross revenue, and $103 million in net income. Our headquarters is located in Canton, Ohio with offices in Florida, Michigan, Montana, Colorado, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. equivant team members have an average 17 years experience in the justice industry.

equivant’s software helps professionals in all areas of the justice system operate more efficiently and equitably. Our solution suite includes comprehensive person and case management, public access portals, risk and needs assessment, automated notification services, data sharing/integration, and a host of complementary components that can be implemented stand-alone or in a complete cross-justice solution.

We proudly partner with justice agencies across the U.S. We’ve implemented over 500 court, clerk, and probation case management systems in single jurisdictions, integrated county and circuit-wide deployments, and unified statewide initiatives. We have 80 attorney case management systems implemented for state, county, and city prosecutors and public defenders. Also, we have over 100 supervision, inmate classification, and risk/needs assessment systems which include Department of Corrections in seven states along with numerous implementations in pretrial, probation, and sheriff/jail offices across the U.S.

equivant’s IJIS Broker shares information between justice agencies all over the United States and Australia. The framework uses an open standards platform to provide secure access to information in justice systems throughout the enterprise and natively process GJXDM, NIEM, XBRL and ECF-based transactions, and can easily import/export other metadata formats such as comma delimited files.

All equivant applications are hosted at Amazon Web Services (AWS), so all you will need is a browser and internet connection to access your solution.

Agencies that deploy their equivant solution on-site control their systems and data, and all critical business structure resides within your city or county IT department. Your IT staff must have a custom disaster recovery plan, and they need to be committed to maintaining and supporting the solution for your staff.

Hosted applications give you all the power of equivant solutions in a reliable, secure environment without the hassle of managing IT equipment. All equivant applications are hosted at Amazon Web Services (AWS), so all you will need is a browser and internet connection to access your solution. Hosted solutions are quickly implemented with no large capital expenditure by the agency. All your data is protected within a secure and hardened infrastructure that includes disaster recovery.

JWorks FAQs

JWorks is a new type of case management system, where flexibility and intelligence intersect to create a powerful and seamless information management environment in your court. With its core workflow and adaptable rules engine, JWorks automates every case no matter how diverse, involved, or simple.

The JWorks Dynamic Case and Workflow Management (DCWM) engine provides flexible rules-driven options for setting milestones, events, tasks, deadlines, and specific business procedures according to your established practices and guidelines. The JWorks architecture separates this business logic to better extend rule configuration to your IT and business analysts. DCWM is used to assign and guide cases down tracks or “pathways” that are most appropriate for the case type, sub-type, offense or matter. It even considers specific case and person characteristics when determining tracks and will periodically reassess whether that path remains the best option based on new “facts” about the case. This work of directing cases onto tracks and monitoring those cases throughout their lifecycle is handled by the DCWM engine.

Predefined templates make setting up your own processes in JWorks a snap. Its page designer lets you control how your system looks and functions, from what appears on screens to field rules and filters. A robust workflow engine guides milestones, resources, and work assignments, helping your office run smoothly and in line with your procedures.

Discovery for JWorks Attorney provides your agency with an easy-to-use document and imaging tool that increases office productivity and significantly decreases the hours you spend managing paper discoverable information packets for disclosure.

NORTHPOINTE SUITE FAQs

COMPAS is a set of web-based risk and needs assessment tools designed to assist criminal justice agencies in making decisions regarding the placement, supervision and case management needs of criminal offenders. The risk portion of the assessment focuses primarily on factors related to recidivism, which is the likelihood that an offender will commit another crime. The needs portion of the assessment focuses on the scope and types of treatment interventions that would be of the most benefit to the person.

COMPAS has three risk models that assess general recidivism, violent recidivism and failure to appear. The tool considers two types of factors: static and dynamic. Static factors can help predict recidivism by assessing data that cannot be changed such as prior criminal offenses. Dynamic factors are those that can be influenced, such as drug use or known associations with other criminals. This information is then measured in comparison to the tremendous historical data that has been accumulated over years of assessment.

COMPAS, now in its fourth generation, was first introduced in 1998 and has continued to advance ever since as the knowledge base of criminology has progressed and correctional practices have evolved.

No, COMPAS is designed to assess numerous factors, but race is not even considered when a COMPAS score is developed.