SEARCH Members Offer Insight Into Proposed FBI Rap Back Service

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SEARCH Members have once again weighed in on an issue that could potentially have far-reaching implications for State criminal history record repositories. At the request of a SEARCH Member, the Membership Group was recently surveyed on the proposed FBI rap back service.

This service, for a yet-to-be-determined fee, will create a mechanism whereby the FBI will retain civil prints and notify a contributing agency when an enrolled applicant fingerprint is matched against a subsequent arrest fingerprint. Much of the operational details remain to be worked out as planning for this new service moves forward.

The survey captured information about the current practices in place at the repositories, as well as possible issues associated with the proposed FBI rap back system.

"Once again, we'd like to thank our Members for participating in yet another survey," said Mr. Owen Greenspan, SEARCH Director of Law and Policy. "We received responses from 30 states and this will help to inform further discussions on the proposed FBI rap back service."

Interested in our other surveys? SEARCH is uniquely positioned to conduct surveys on important issues that impact the collection, maintenance and use of justice information.

Check out our Surveys page, which provides links to surveys conducted and released by SEARCH since 2000. You'll find surveys on such issues as:
  • User fees for criminal history record background checks
  • The status of state criminal history records systems
  • The availability of criminal history records
  • Whether states are able to comply with specific federal mandates
  • The level of services that are offered by state criminal history record repositories.