SEARCH-Coauthored NIAA State Records Report Now Available

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A report coauthored by SEARCH, NICS Improvement Amendments Act State Records Estimates Development and Validation Project, Year One Report, is now available on the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) website.

A report abstract is available in the NCJRS Abstract database and the full report is available in PDF. Hard copies of this 79-page document can be ordered through the NCJRS Abstract link.

SEARCH Law and Policy Director Owen M. Greenspan and Justice Information Services Specialist Dennis DeBacco are coauthors of this report, along with staff from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The report was completed under funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Department of Justice.

The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) requires States to report reasonable estimates of the number of records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The NCSC, in partnership with SEARCH, was awarded the NICS State Records Estimates Development and Validation Project to assist BJS in determining the reasonableness of State estimates and in creating estimates for non-reporting States. This report discusses the NCSC's and SEARCH's analysis of—
  • State record estimates,
  • the statistical models developed to determine the reasonableness of estimates reported to BJS, and
  • the feasibility of creating estimates for non-responding States and recommendations for future efforts at improving record estimates provided for NICS.

Mr. Greenspan noted that this Year One Report "was an analysis of the first year that states submitted NICS records estimates. The National Center, in partnership with SEARCH, has been awarded a follow-on grant and will again be provided BJS with an analysis of the estimates, as well as providing related technical assistance to a few states."

In December 2009, BJS and SEARCH cosponsored the NIAA Conference, an invitation-only, two-day event for State criminal history record repositories, courts, and State mental health agencies responsible for implementing provisions of the NIAA.