The National Offender Management Service has contracted global IT services firm EDS to develop new technology to manage the UK’s offender population, in a deal worth £39m.
EDS is contracted to supply a National Offender Management Information System (NOMIS), designed to provide a single end-to-end view of an offender across the whole UK justice system, from court appearance to custody through to probation.
This contract, initially worth £39m with the potential to increase by a further £40m in additional services, will be delivered under the existing Quantum agreement with Her Majesty's Prison Service, and will run until 2012.
NOMIS is the underlying technology that will electronically integrate HM Prison Service and the National Probation Service (NPS) information in real time, thereby supporting a key objective of the offender management system - to bring together the work of correctional services and focus on end-to-end management of the offender.
It will also support the introduction of new sentencing legislation in 2006 and provide the capability to link to police, courts and the Crown Prosecution Service as part of the wider joined up criminal justice initiative.
Lisa Kiger, client delivery executive for offender management with EDS, said end-user representatives were part of the business team and would be providing end-user requirements.
She said the prison service already stored the information required in NOMIS locally, but the probation service would require some business process change to use the system. “Right now the client is responsible for that,” she said.