Just-released biennial survey offers national snapshot of state criminal history info operations at year-end 2018
On November 6, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) published the latest findings of a biennial national survey that represents the most current and detailed snapshot of the data, trends, policies, practices, and operations of criminal history records repositories nationwide.
The Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2018 was conducted by SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, with support of BJS, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. As part of its National Criminal History Improvement Program, BJS has supported these biennial surveys since 1989, together with substantial direct funding to states and territories to improve the quality, timeliness, and accessibility of criminal history and related records, and a host of other research, conferences, workshops, and technical assistance.
The 2018 report provides results from a survey of the administrators of the state criminal history records repositories conducted during 2019. SEARCH surveyed 56 jurisdictions, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Guam submitted survey responses.
The survey findings are very detailed and provide insight into the volume of records and transactions processed by repositories, policies and practices, levels of automation, measures of data quality and timeliness, types of records and systems maintained, information sharing capabilities, and more.
In an effort to make these detailed findings more accessible, and to provide operational context for these findings, SEARCH will be publishing a series of blogs that highlight key findings from the survey over the next several weeks.
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