Resources

SEARCH researches and analyzes emerging justice information issues, as identified by our Members, to understand possible needs, gaps, solutions and opportunities.

Thought Leadership to Explore Key Justice Issues

Our work produces helpful and free resources available to the broad justice community, including publications, podcasts, resource lists and tools, and more. For over 40 years, we have prepared and published a wide range of national research, analytical, technical and survey reports, guides and bulletins on a range of timely issues, including:

  • Criminal justice information management
  • Technology
  • Information sharing
  • Communications interoperability
  • Criminal history record law and policy
  • High-tech crime investigations

Our research helps decision-makers make better, more informed decisions. Issues we explore include: 

  • Criminal history record information
  • Noncriminal justice background checks for employment purposes, including those who work with vulnerable populations
  • NICS, and improving background screening for firearms purchases
  • NCHIP, and helping repositories secure the funding and support they need
  • N-DEx, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange

Visit our Resources pages for practical materials that will help you resolve your justice information challenges.

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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