The Automated Sentencing Order Program (ASOP) is another technology used to streamline
criminal justice. The Superior Court, in cooperation with the Administrative
Office of the Courts, implemented a statewide windows-based sentencing program on March 27, 2000.
implementation stage began in Kent and Sussex Counties
and became statewide with the addition of New Castle County
Superior Court in January 2000.
The ASOP application enables the court to issue sentencing orders simultaneously with a judge's pronouncement. Before
it would take days to disseminate the information to all criminal
Sentencing data is electronically filed and
transferred within minutes to prisons and other agencies and criminal histories are updated for future court proceedings. The defendant
also receives a complete copy of their sentencing order in the courtroom.
The results are impressive. Updated realtime criminal records
are available for the judge, at the bench. With the click of a
button, the judge can view the defendant's criminal history.
The record allows the judge to view detailed
information about any outstanding capias (flagged in red), failure
to pay in any court, or failure to appear in any court.
In addition, prison authorities receive the order electronically
before the defendant arrives for incarceration. The application also puts updated information in the hands
of police officers on patrol. Likewise,
the Probation and Parole Department have an order on
file in advance of a defendant's probation.