DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office selects NICE Justice for digital evidence management transformation
HOBOKEN, N.J. - NICE today announced that the DeKalb County District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office in the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area will deploy NICE Justice, one of the solutions in NICE’s Evidencentral platform, to digitally transform how it manages digital evidence, from evidence intake to case-building and trial preparation. Through its ability to streamline the entire justice process and help attorneys and investigators find the truth in digital evidence faster, NICE Justice will support the DeKalb County DA’s Office in its vision of building a better, safer community for DeKalb County residents.
The NICE Justice solution digitally transforms how district attorneys, investigators, paralegals and office staff receive, interact with, manage and share digital evidence, from beginning to end. Freed from dealing with discs, drives, emails, and logging into multiple systems to manage and prepare evidence, attorneys and staff can focus on building and presenting compelling cases.
Sherry Boston, DeKalb County District Attorney, said, “Deployment of NICE Justice will equip our team with the tools needed to manage large amounts of digital evidence efficiently, and allow us to focus more time on successfully investigating and prosecuting cases.”
Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE, said, “The manual process of managing digital evidence has become a significant time-waster for criminal justice and public safety agencies. When digital evidence becomes too difficult to manage, it can stand in the way of timely justice. That is why prosecuting attorney’s offices and law enforcement agencies around the globe, including the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, are adopting our Evidencentral platform in growing numbers.”
The DeKalb County DA’s Office prosecutes thousands of felony cases annually in collaboration with over two-dozen law enforcement partners. Investigators and paralegals in DeKalb’s intake unit spend about seventy-five percent of a typical workday logging into different systems and reaching out to partners to manually collect, download and upload digital evidence. Additionally, each law enforcement agency that the DA’s Office works with has its own preferred method and format for sharing digital evidence. NICE Justice solves these problems by allowing agencies to digitally share evidence files by uploading evidence into a secure, online portal. Uploaded evidence is automatically deposited into NICE Justice digital case folders in the cloud for immediate viewing.
With digital evidence stored on various servers and drives, lack of shareable storage was a challenge for DeKalb County’s team-based prosecution approach. NICE Justice’s unified cloud-based system for evidence storage, organization and analysis promotes collaborative case-building. Team members also gain access to advanced evidence analysis tools to jumpstart the trial prep process, including built-in software for transcription, redaction, photobook creation, and video clip and timeline creation.
DeKalb County prosecutors can also use NICE Justice to share evidence with defense teams through a fully digital, trackable process, so they always know when evidence was received and opened.
“With NICE Justice, rather than a one-off approach, we’re able to address all of the challenges that come with storing, accessing and retaining digital evidence,” added Boston. “NICE Justice’s secure, scalable cloud-based storage and flexible retention policies address these complex challenges.”
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About the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office
The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes felony offenses in the Superior Court of DeKalb County. The Office’s 270-plus staff members consist of attorneys, investigators, victim-witness advocates, administrators, and support personnel, who all share a vision of building a better, safer DeKalb County. The DeKalb County DA’s Office works with local citizens, community leaders, and partner law enforcement agencies to conduct crime prevention and intervention programs to improve the quality of life for DeKalb County residents. DeKalb County is the fourth largest county in Georgia with over 762,000 residents. The County includes the communities of Decatur, Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Doraville, Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Dunwoody. More info at https://www.dekalbda.org/ and https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/dekalbcountygeorgia.
NICE Public Safety & Justice
With over 3,000 customers and 30 years of experience, NICE helps all types of public safety and criminal justice agencies, from emergency communications and law enforcement to prosecutors and courts, digitally transform how they manage digital evidence and data from beginning to end, to get to the truth faster. NICE’s Evidencentral platform features an ecosystem of integrated technologies that bring data together to give a single view of the truth, enabling public safety and justice agencies to do what they do better – whether it’s responding to incidents, investigating and building cases, or prosecuting crimes. With comprehensive digital transformation solutions that can be deployed across entire counties and states, NICE also helps everyone work better together, so justice flows more smoothly, from incident to court. https://www.nicepublicsafety.com
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