Delivers Technology Needs Assessment and Scoping Analysis for Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
In the summer of 2010, FuturTech Consulting was selected from among numerous vendors by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to conduct a Technology Needs Assessment and Scoping Analysis. The District Attorney's Office wanted to establish a new prosecutorial case management system to track cases, convictions and time frames, automate discovery, evaluate performance, pinpoint problem areas, and identify case delays. FuturTech was hired to analyze the requirements and establish a design blueprint for the new case management system.
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is the largest prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing over 600 lawyers, detectives and support staff.
Historically, the tracking of criminal cases in Philadelphia has been a labor intensive, manual and paper driven process, making it nearly impossible to collectively report conviction statistics and, thus, evaluate the overall performance of the office and its staff. The overall conviction rate for violent offenders has not been readily available to the prosecutors and the public. However, sample data provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance indicates that 51% of the cases involving violent offenders are dismissed before they ever get to trial.
The Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, had a goal to improve case prosecution and decision-making on systemic issues to ensure that more people would be held accountable for reported crimes by evaluating performance using a data-driven approach. By establishing a comprehensive case management system along with a performance measurement database that would support Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), the DA believes that this can decrease the high case attrition rate in the Philadelphia criminal justice system. FuturTech Consulting delivered a comprehensive analysis and design document in December, 2010 consisting of system requirements and design recommendations for the new system.