Repository Services Survey Results Posted Online

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Given the harsh fiscal realities currently affecting most States, a representative from the SEARCH Membership Group recently requested information concerning the level of services that are being offered by state criminal history record repositories. Facing the possibility of budget cuts and staff reductions, it was hoped the information gathered from this survey would help determine which services could possibly be discontinued, if necessary.

A survey questionnaire was developed by SEARCH Law and Policy Program staff, who conducted the survey in April 2010. The questions were designed to gather information about the extent of services routinely provided by state repositories.

The survey addressed the following areas:
  • Criminal history record reviews, challenges and corrections
  • Criminal record identity theft processing
  • Repository training
  • Audits
  • Walk-in services

"With 31 states responding, we thank our Members for participating in the survey," said Mr. Owen Greenspan, SEARCH Director of Law and Policy. "Many Members provided very thorough responses that will be helpful to other states as they all grapple with this issue of reduced resources."

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.