Louisiana is making a citizen database to store information about residents who may represent a "risk to the state," according to State Representative Chris Broadwater. The Comprehensive Person Profile was developed by the SAS software company. The contractor reportedly utilizes personal information from all state governmental agencies to create citizen data entries into a single, centralized file system.
The citizen database will allegedly be used as an aid in pinpointing "future criminals" and permit the state of Louisiana to "intervene" in the lives of residents to offer suggestions and guidance on factors such as mental and physical health and criminal at-risk behaviors, if Representative Broadwater's assessment is accurate.
The Louisiana Comprehensive Person Profile was initially created to battle unemployment claims and worker's compensation fraud. The centralized data warehouse allowed all government agencies in the state to both access and submit information on residents. Broadwater stated that the citizen database is being used to determine which residents might be a risk to the state "down the road" based upon the facts in the data entries. The lawmaker also noted during a recent interview that governmental authorities could now quickly determine if an individual is likely at risk for incarceration in the future.
The Comprehensive Person Profile database public relations announcements have reportedly introduced the systems as a means to make the lives of Louisiana citizens better because it will allow enhanced speed when renewing a driver's license and other routine government forms.