DeKalb’s jail using new technology for inmate information

August 18, 20173min3222
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The DeKalb County Jail has launched a new information management system to streamline the flow of information between the jail and the county’s courthouses, courtrooms, judges, and visitors.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann, who oversees the jail, said the new Tyler Technologies Odyssey solution is replacing the 16-year-old OJS (Online Judicial System) site. The $2.8 million Odyssey customized site at will give the public access to both the DeKalb courts case information and DeKalb Jail inmate information. Texas-based Tyler Technologies built the first phase of the site.

“This new technology moves us light years ahead in jail database management,” said Mann.  “The Odyssey solution represents an improvement in operating efficiencies and a much-needed enhancement to the services we provide to the citizens of our community.”

Tyler’s Odyssey solution is being used in more than 900 counties across 24 states, covering more than 100 million people.

The project incorporates Odyssey Jail Manager, which handles all aspects of inmate processing. Inmate information will flow seamlessly from the jail to the courts without duplicate data entry.

Through Tyler’s dataXchange™ application, the jail will also have immediate access to records and real-time information sharing across jurisdictions with other agencies using Odyssey.

Later this year, the project will implement SoftCode CivilServe, which allows for more efficiency in the processing of civil papers.

The Odyssey solution is not new to DeKalb County. Debra DeBerry, DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court, implemented Odyssey Case Manager™ as its data solution in 2016. Since then, the public has been able to access court records on the internet using the DeKalb Online Judicial System (OJS), which referred users to the Odyssey portal for court information.

DeBerry congratulated Sheriff Mann and said she is excited that the Sheriff’s Office is using Odyssey.

“This new jail information management system fully integrates the criminal justice process in DeKalb County by unifying jail management data with court case management data from DeKalb County courts. Not only does this streamline the flow of information but it moves us even closer to a paperless environment,” Mann said.

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  • Sara house

    June 21, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    What does not help and makes the courts less money is that now we can’t just look at the inmate roster and find a person who is locked up in dekalb county jail now unless we type in their name. Sometimes we only know folks by their street names but are willing to pay their bonds and fines and etc. So that is a lot of people that could be trying to do just that, such as myself but we can’t just scroll through yo roster and find their mug shot and THEN get their real name and help out.


  • Jackie

    September 28, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    This may be better for law enforcement, but it isn’t better for citizens. Not user friendly/intuitive or as informative as last system IMO.


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