Law enforcers in the Washington, D.C., area have begun sharing information on arrests of offenders on probation and parole in Maryland, Virginia and the District to create a system of borderless supervision of those most likely to commit new crimes, reports the Washington Post. Until now, a probation or parole officer in one jurisdiction could not discover that someone under supervision had been arrested for a new crime in a neighboring jurisdiction without a time-consuming check of criminal records databases. Supervisors burdened by high caseloads did not always search for the arrest data, reducing the likelihood that a warrant for a violation would be issued.
Under the new system, a “live” arrest feed is entered into databases in the three jurisdictions within 24 hours so probation and parole officers can learn in real time whether someone under their supervision has been accused of an offense somewhere else in the region. Maryland began sharing live arrest data with D.C. authorities a year ago, leading to the issuance of 198 warrants this year for probation and parole violations in that state, authorities said.