Just Released! Latest State Criminal History Information Survey

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The Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2008, a report based on the results of a survey that SEARCH conducted of state criminal history record repository administrators in early 2009, is now available online.

The Survey report provides law- and policymakers, administrators, managers, academia, research institutions, and other agencies and individuals with the most comprehensive data available on record quantity and completeness, and on procedures used by repositories to collect information and maintain record quality.

The report provides a snapshot of these systems as of December 31, 2008.

According to Mr. Owen Greenspan, SEARCH Director of Law and Policy—who oversaw the effort to update and conduct the survey, and then to collate and analyze survey results—this report is believed to be the most cited document produced by SEARCH.

Recipients of the survey typically include U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives, state governors, state attorneys general, law schools and their libraries, public libraries, and public and private security entities.

Mr. Greenspan noted, "We have already selectively released pieces of this to the FBI in response to an information request from the White House. This is a survey that really does get looked at throughout the years by many."

The report updates the Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2006, which SEARCH prepared and which was released in 2008. This latest survey report is the tenth such biennial survey report SEARCH has prepared since 1989. The Survey report was prepared under funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

The current report contains data tables detailing the evolving criminal history record information environment, covering such topics as procedures for submitting final dispositions to the FBI, the types and use of biometric and image capture devices, state repository hours of operation and on-site staff, processing of noncriminal justice name-based check, and other topics.

For the first time, data collection for the survey was accomplished using online data entry by the states' repository staff.

The report was authored by Mr. Greenspan and Mr. Dennis DeBacco, Justice Information Services Specialist, Law and Policy. Mr. DeBacco conducted the survey and compiled the results. Providing support was Mr. Eric C. Johnson, Justice Information Services Specialist, Law and Policy.

For any questions or comments about the 2008 survey efforts, contact Owen Greenspan.