"The justice system is our niche," says ACT owner and founder Jim Binion.
company in 1995, focusing on clients who couldn't find quality training or consulting on their computer software.After merging with World.net
, a Montgomery area Internet service provider, in 1997 ACT
was able to offer total business packages with on-line connectivity.
As its commercial division tripled in three years, ACT
began developing government applications, designing Justice Track to provide comprehensive information management for state and local agencies.
"We started off with jail repository data which kept track of all individuals in the state at the county levels, but we've gone beyond that," Binion
has bootstrapped this company from the beginning.
's Justice Track programs are computer-based for a paperless system, Binion
says."It's a chance to help the community and save money for the agencies, rather than having them spend all that paper and time," he
One of ACT
's first real applications was for the state juvenile probation system.The case management system tracks juveniles on state probation, providing photographs, medical backgrounds and treatment, risk assessment and court orders, as well as all contacts with probation officers.
"About 22 counties have that system in place and soon it will be accessible on a statewide basis," Binion
Another program his
firm developed tracks juveniles in detention centers throughout their stay, doing record-keeping for the staff, with data on confinements, disciplinary action, activities and every aspect of the youngsters' stay.
That system is being used in Montgomery and Baldwin counties and is expected to be used at all 13 Alabama juvenile detention centers in the future, Binion
says the program ACT
wrote for McCooey has been a success.
company builds solutions for needs.He
started it with 18 years experience in information technology.Named one of the top 40 businessmen under age 40 by the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper, Binion has a business degree and computer science training from Troy State University and an associate's degree in science and information systems management from the U.S. Air Force.He chairs the Information Technology Committee for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, serves on numerous boards and is a volunteer fireman in his neighborhood.Binion also is a board member of the Alabama Employer Service Committee.
One of the suite of web applications his
company has developed helps the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services match
disabled people with jobs.
"It's awesome," Binion
"By and large, we've been successful through the efforts of Jim
enjoys working on the project with people in law enforcement because they are passionate about their mission."They are dedicated to making things right and doing what they are supposed to be doing," he
says the National Criminal Information Center
(NCIC) is the closest thing that compares to Alabama's new LETS operation."But this is going to kick NCIC's