Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM)

The success of information sharing initiatives usually depends on multiple independent partners, each with their own mission and capabilities, creating a shared vision for their common enterprise. They must build this shared vision on the basis of well understood, clearly documented requirements. It is the partners' consensus around these requirements that provides a stable foundation for design, implementation, and deployment of information sharing solutions.

The Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) helps information sharing partners achieve this because it:
  • Promotes an enterprise view of information sharing
  • Helps build consensus around business needs
  • Shares and builds upon best practices and lessons learned from other jurisdictions
  • Links to exchange design and implementation tools and national models
  • Follows a formal, documented methodology
  • Is easy to use and available at low/no cost

JIEM consists of three integrated components:
  1. The JIEM Methodology - A structured, formally documented approach for defining and capturing information exchange requirements.
  2. The JIEM Reference Model - Sets of information exchanges regarding business functions that are common to most jurisdictions and that have been defined and honed by other JIEM users.
  3. The JIEM Modeling Tool - Easy-to-use software that enables justice practitioners to build a model of their "as-is" and "to-be" information exchanges. Version 5.0 has just been released!
The Justice Information Exchange Model was developed by SEARCH through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, to help jurisdictions across the country document their business information sharing requirements.


  • JIEM Flyer
    This one-page flyer makes a great hand-out and describes the features and benefits of the JIEM resource.
  • JIEM Conceptual Framework - Updated November 2010
    This document defines and illustrates the five dimensions of information exchange (processes, events, agencies, conditions, and information), and explains how the individual dimensions are brought together to form meaningful exchanges of information.
  • JIEM Reference Model
    This business reference model for justice information exchange contains almost 700 key exchanges common to most jurisdictions. It is a reference manual for analyzing information exchange as a part of an integrated justice initiative, and aids sites in using JIEM effectively and economically. If you are a current JIEM user, you can obtain a copy of the JIEM Adult Felony Reference Model that you can import and use within the tool. Please consult the "Reference Models" page on the JIEM Community Site for more information. The JIEM Community Site provides users with additional information, reference models, tools, and tips that help information sharing initiatives succeed with JIEM.
  • Technical Brief-Modeling Exchange Requirements: JIEM and BPMN - October 2007
    This Technical Brief articulates the complementary relationship of the Justice Information Exchange Model and Business Process Modeling Notation in modeling exchange requirements within a justice information sharing environment.
  • Contact us: jiem@search.org

Reference Model Modeling Tool Methodology