Sentencing Commission Receives Significant Grant to Develop Electronic Journal Entry Project
On July 15, 2022, the Council for State Governments Justice Center notified the Kansas Sentencing Commission (KSSC) their grant application to the United States Department of Justice was approved. The $282,000 award will assist in contracting with a vendor to develop an electronic journal entry (eJE) for criminal justice practitioners statewide. The KSSC has been in collaboration with the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration to integrate the eJE project with OJA’s already established eFile system. The Commission is required by law to maintain three forms required in felony sentencing. The presentence investigation report, journal entry of judgment, and journal entry of probation violation hearing are affected. KSSC Executive Director Scott Schultz said, “The development of this project is vital to bring sentencing in Kansas into the 21st century. The eJE project is being designed and is in consultation with practitioners to make it as user-friendly as possible. We aim to seamlessly integrate the new electronic forms into the eFile system to save thousands of resource hours for clerks, attorneys, and judges. It will also provide robust data collection for the agency to provide the continued value our stakeholders expect from us.” Work will start shortly on the project and its completion is anticipated by the end of 2022. More details on training will be available later in the year.