January 29, 2014

IDOC launching custody notification system

From staff reports

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Correction is rolling out a new and improved notification system that will allow law enforcement from across the state to keep tabs on prison inmates.

The Law Enforcement Notification System (LENS) is a free service for authorized law enforcement officers and agencies that provides real-time custody information on offenders currently housed in Indiana’s 20 adult correctional facilities or on work release or parole.

The LENS system, released in 2007, is a joint venture between IDOC and the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center. The original notification service allowed law enforcement officers to register to receive email notifications about offenders being released from IDOC into their jurisdictions 30 days prior to the individual’s release.

Through the new system, which already has 46 agencies registered, officers can receive customized notifications and perform geographic searches. Officers in larger jurisdictions can elect to receive notices for a specific zip code, while officers working in gang units or units that monitor sex offenders can elect to receive notifications on only individuals who meet those specific criteria.

Officers also have the ability now to search for information inside the system, including immediate access to offender photos and detailed information such as gang affiliations and sex offender status.