Pennsylvania Justice Network

Success Stories


  • Pennsylvania's criminal justice practitioners use JNET to perform their jobs more effectively and efficiently, which translates into improved public safety. Below are a few success stories received from the JNET user community:

  • The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET), is able to identify and stop benefit payments to unemployment compensation claimants incarcerated in the state's county prisons. Using JNET L&I is notified if an inmate matches an unemployment record and they cancel the payment to that individual. The system, which began as a pilot in May in Philadelphia and was extended to 51 of the state's 63 county prisons, saved the state $6 million in 1,089 fraudulent claims in January 2013, according to an L&I Spokesperson.

  • A Special Agent from Office of Attorney used JNET Facial Recogntion to indetify suspect.A Criminal Informant for OAG agreed to buy narcotics from a source that he was Facebook friends with but suspects name was unknown. The CI had a name but agents did not know if it was given name or nickname. CI knew suspect was arrested in the past so was likely he was in the booking database. Agent took his photo from FB and got a hit which was later confirmed. 

  • Officers in Centre County used WebCPIN to help identify a robbery and assault suspect. Four juveniles were assaulted and robbed while they were hiking. The incident was reported to the local police. The victims provided a description of the suspect along with a description of a tattoo on the suspects arm. Officers used the description to search the CPIN database. A suspect with an exact tattoo match was found and included in a photo lineup using WebCPIN. The suspect was positively identified by the victims.

  • United States Postal Service inspectors used facial recognition to identify an individual suspected of receiving drugs in the mail. An undercover officer delivered a package and used a hidden camera to take a photo of the individual when he signed for the package. The image was run through facial recognition and as a result they were able to identify the suspect.

  • An officer from Montgomery County used Warrant Search to arrest an individual on two active, non-traffic criminal warrants dating back to 2003 from Schuylkill County.

  • Venango County Probation Officers were notified by a JNET booking alert and were able to pick up an inmate who failed to return home following approved leave for work release. A county inmate who had transferred to House Arrest Electronic Monitoring to serve the remainder of his sentence violated the terms of his supervision by failing to return home following an approved leave for work release. He was arrested two days later for DUI and booked at the Cumberland County Booking Center. The probation on-call officer was immediately notified of his apprehension because of the JNET booking alert.

  • Officers from Berks County used several JNET applications including; Photo Search, Driver Photo/History, JNET CLEAN and WebCPIN to solve a counterfeit check case. Surveillance photos from multiple banks in several jurisdictions showed that the same individuals were defrauding banks using counterfeit checks. The individuals were identified by comparing surveillance photos to images in JNET. The other JNET applications provided address information where the individuals were found and arrested.

  • JNET facial recognition helps identify a burglary suspect. Officers from Lancaster and Lebanon sent an unidentified subject photo along with a photo of a distinctive neck tattoo. The individual was known to have been with a juvenile and others involved in several daylight burglaries. The candidate with the highest score appeared to be a match. The match was further confirmed by viewing the booking image of the neck tattoo.

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