John O'Leary is a former GOVERNING contributor. He is co-author of "If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government."E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent tragedy in Washington state has focused attention on sharing information about criminals between states. As Professor Goldsmith points out in his article, data comes from many sources--police reports, prisons, parole offices, and prosecutor's office. Connecting the dots can be a powerful tool in predicting behaviors, leading to better criminal justice outcomes.