Pennsylvania Justice Network

JNET Awards & Recogntion

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. 

JNET earned a prestigious 21st Century Achievement Award from International Data Group's Computerworld Honors Program for its use of facial recognition technology to help law enforcement identify criminal suspects and witnesses. The award was presented at the Laureate Medal Ceremony and Awards Gala in Washington D.C. Computerworld received more than 500 nominations in 11 categories from around the globe for the 2012 Honors Program. Two hundred Laureates were selected by a panel of leading information technology company chairmen and CEOs. One Laureate from each category is chosen for the 21st Century Achievement Award. The Computerworld award recognizes organizations around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change.

JNET was also recognized for public service innovation with a 2012 Pa Tech Award from Tech Quest. The award was presented during a ceremony at the Whitaker Center for the Arts and Sciences in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.The Pennsylvania Tech Awards recognized JNET with a 2012 Public Service Innovation Award for the JNET Federated Address Search. The address search allows JNET users to quickly access addresses from up to 13 different data sources through one consolidated inquiry. The ability to combine search capabilities makes JNET users more efficient and effective; helping our partner agencies focus on their key public safety objectives.