Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM)

SEARCH began developing the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) in the early 2000s with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.

JIEM—a methodology supported by an intuitive software tool and guided by reference models—was a trailblazer in information exchange modeling, because it allowed justice partners to document their information-sharing requirements and thus provided a stable foundation to design, implement, and deploy information sharing solutions within the broader justice enterprise.

JIEM integrated with both the Global Reference Architecture and NIEM—however, the tool to generate NIEM-conformant information exchanges is now the NIEM-UML.

As a service to the justice community, SEARCH will continue to provide the JIEM tool, related materials, and online certification training to those who wish to use it. (Note: SEARCH plans to sunset the JIEM tool and training on July 30, 2016.)

Integrated Components

JIEM consists of three integrated components:

  1. The JIEM Methodology: A structured, formally documented approach that provides the guidance you need to define, capture and organize critical information exchange requirements.
  2. The JIEM Reference Model: This model, based on the Adult Felony judicial process, consists of sets of information exchanges related to common justice business functions. The model provides practitioners with a baseline set of requirements that can accelerate their own requirements modeling efforts and align their requirements what has worked elsewhere
  3. The JIEM Modeling Tool: Easy-to-use software justice practitioners can use to build a model of their “as-is” and “to-be” information exchanges. Using the Tool, practitioners apply the JIEM Methodology to document requirements for electronic information sharing, capturing both the information content and business context of the exchanges. The latest JIEM version available is 5.0; it aligns with Global work products and allows robust, seamless development of NIEM information exchange package documentation (IEPD) artifacts.

What You Need

Interested in using JIEM to model justice information exchanges?

  • Take SEARCH’s free, online JIEM Certification Training, offered via the SEARCH Online Learning Portal. The training site offers the following—
    • Ten modules that combine lecture-type instruction with other multi-media, which you can take at your own pace.
    • An optional exam that allows you to test your new JIEM skills and obtain a certification. Each participant who successfully completes the training and passes the certification exam will receive a completion certificate immediately afterward from SEARCH.
    • All other resources and materials you need, including JIEM 5.0 installation files, the JIEM Reference Model, and more!

Register for certification training

  • Already certified, but need access to the JIEM 5.0 Tool, Reference Model, or other resources? Contact us and let us know what you need.

Links and Resources

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Mackay

Mr. Michael Mackay is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As part of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP) team, he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Mackay supports justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through SDEP services that include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and training. These services offer capabilities that include federated query, authentication access/control, subscription/notification, process/workflow automation, data analysis, and more. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2021, Mr. Mackay worked as a Software Engineering Intern for TDM Business Toole Suite, where he provided software development support using Java frameworks, implemented relational database models using MySQL, and designed GUI components using NetBeans. 

Mr. Mackay will work in an Agile development environment, a methodology that SEARCH embraces that focuses on incremental development and delivery, collaboration in a team approach, and rapid and flexible response to change throughout the development cycle. 

Mr. Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York.