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Videos of 2021 SEARCH Symposium Presentations Now Available

Videorecorded presentations from the 2021 SEARCH Symposium on Justice Information Technology, Policy and Research, which was held July 13–14, in St. Louis, MO, are now available online for the public to view.

The videos are available on the dedicated 2021 SEARCH Symposium page through links embedded in the Symposium agenda.

SEARCH is hosting the 29 Symposium videos on the Vimeo platform; they include—

  • A Welcome plenary address.
  • Three keynote addresses: Technology, Policy, and Research.
  • Twenty-four workshops across four Symposium tracks: Technology, Policy, Research, and Case Study. Topics addressed include Clean Slate implementation, NIBRS transition, NIEM, NICS, rap back, and a wide range of issues related to criminal justice information systems and criminal history records.
  • A Roundtable plenary session featuring a discussion on “Resetting Recidivism Risk in Criminal Background Checks.”

There is no cost to access the videos, and users do not need to sign up for Vimeo in order to access and view the videos.

In addition, many of the speakers at the 2021 Symposium have provided their PowerPoint presentations, which users can view or download directly from the agenda as PDFs. (To see details on Symposium speakers and session abstracts, hover your mouse over each session.)

The 2021 SEARCH Symposium was held as a hybrid event, with presenters and attendees both onsite at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel and participating remotely via a digital event platform. SEARCH’s Symposium site includes links to resources from our 2019 Symposium, as well as information on our upcoming 2023 Symposium.

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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.