Wisconsin's District Attorney Information Technology (DA IT) Program was established in 1996 with the task to automate and link DA offices throughout the state of Wisconsin and to bridge information gaps within the justice community.
With guidance from the Wisconsin District Attorney Association, DA IT provides attorneys with the eTools and services needed to efficiently track and prosecute cases in Wisconsin. To date there are 70 of Wisconsinís 71 district attorney offices aboard.
Participation in the program is strictly voluntary and involves two stages:
First, the DA Network or DA LAN service sets up the DA office with a local area network (LAN), connectivity to a statewide area network, secure email, high speed internet connectivity, fully supported and standardized hardware and software and professional, on-going training for attorneys and staff. Full service support is provided with dedicated help desk specialists and network technicians.
Next comes the feather in DA ITís cap, PROTECT (PROsecutor TEchnology for Case Tracking). This critically acclaimed case management system provides DAs with a comprehensive case-tracking tool designed to manage key information about people and their associated cases, and to tap into future information sharing opportunities.