SEARCH Partners with APPA, ICAOS to Develop and Pilot Adult Offender Information Exchange for Law Enforcement
Thousands of adult probationers and parolees are transferred across state lines every year. Some of the transferees are potentially dangerous or high-risk—and notifying local law enforcement in the receiving state of these offender transfers can raise officer awareness and safety.
SEARCH partnered with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) to develop and pilot a new information exchange that uses state fusion centers to provide offender transfer notifications to local law enforcement agencies.
View or download the bulk data sale survey results
SEARCH staff recently conducted an informal survey of our Membership Group to gauge how different states handle the bulk sale of public criminal history data. Thirty states responded, with the majority of those reporting that they do not offer bulk sales of these records.
The survey was conducted by Becki Goggins, SEARCH Director of Law and Policy, who provided the following survey highlights:
- When asked whether their state provides bulk criminal history sales, respondents reported the following:
- 8 (or 27.6%) said “yes”
- 19 (or 65.5%) said “no”
- 2 (or 6.9%) said “unknown”
- 1 did not provide an answer
- When asked which agencies provide bulk sales, respondents reported the following:
- The same agency that hosts the state’s criminal history records repository – 5 states
- State Administrative Office of Courts – 3 states
- Local Law Enforcement Agencies – 2 states
- Local Courts – 2 states
- State Corrections Agency – 1 state
- Local Corrections Agencies – 0 states
- Other Agencies – 0 states
- When asked how agencies determine prices for bulk data sales, respondents reported the following:
- 4 states reported charging a standard fee per request
- 1 state reported allowing “gateway purchases,” whereby end-users purchase records through a database interface
Access to criminal history record information maintained by the states is governed by the laws of the individual states, and the level of access and methods of dissemination vary by state.