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NCJ Number: 250750 Find in a Library
Title: Collecting and Processing Multistate Criminal-History Data for Statistical Analysis
Series: BJS Technical Reports
Author(s): Matthew R. Durose; Alexia D. Cooper .; Howard N. Snyder .
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: April 2019
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF
Agency Summary: 
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS’s) methods for collecting and processing criminal history data; and it discusses the substantive, technical, and methodological challenges of creating a new system for doing this.
Abstract: The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division maintains the repository of criminal history records from the federal justice system and U.S. territories. It also maintains and disseminates criminal history record information received from state and local agencies. The FBI’s Interstate Identification Index (III) is an automated pointer system that enables criminal justice agencies to determine which repositories across the country have criminal history records on an individual. In 2008, BJS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FBI and Nlets (formerly the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System), which for the first time enabled BJS to access the nation’s criminal history records for criminal justice research and evaluation through the FBI’s III system. Nlets is a central component of the nation’s criminal history record system. This report describes the following five stages of the data collection and processing system: 1) accessing criminal history data for research purposes; 2) parsing criminal history text into a set of fields within a relational dataset; 3) converting the state-specific and federal-specific criminal-history fields in the parsed relational dataset into nationally standardized codes; 4) generating standardized research datasets that account for variations in the criminal history data; and 5) assessing the quality, completeness, and variability of the criminal-history data.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice statistics
Index Term(s): BJS Resources; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Criminal History Records; Data collection devices; Data collections; Databases
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