Audrey McAfee, Director
Management Information Systems (MIS) supports the daily operations and decision-making efforts of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Responsibilities include IT project planning, network systems analysis, local and wide area network implementation and support, data communications support, Internet and Intranet access, software, hardware, equipment purchasing and allocation, technical support of installed hardware/software, PC/printer repairs, virus repairs, and equipment transfers/moves. Other responsibilities include departmental microcomputer policies, standards and procedures.
MIS provides end-user support for MDOC’s recently implemented comprehensive offender management system. The system consists of an integrated database with two front-end applications: Offendertrak, used primarily for inmate management, and Caseload Explorer, used primarily for community supervision management. The system provides a means for offender information to be captured once at the most logical transaction point and used many times by end-users throughout the agency as well as private prisons and regional facilities that house MDOC offenders. The system makes it possible to capture an unlimited number of offenses with the associated details, extensively make notations throughout the offender record, record running logs and chronological entries, initiate requests at one department and forward the request within the application to a supervisor for approval, record a ban on a visitor and have that action viewable at all MDOC facilities and locations, and place a liability on an offender’s trust account when the offender has insufficient funds and automatically triage the repayment of the charges as funds are received. The system is comprehensive!
MIS actively seeks to leverage technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness, reduce paper, streamline business processes, reduce the need for manual intervention, provide seamless integration between functional areas, and position the agency to share data with other law enforcement entities.