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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 211485     Find in a Library
Title: Improving Criminal History Records for Background Checks, 2005
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Gerard F. Ramker
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 07/2006
Page Count: 8
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report describes the achievements of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), its authorizing legislation, and program history.
Abstract: The report summarizes NCHIP-funded criminal records improvement efforts, including improved accessibility of records, full participation in the Interstate Identification Index, the automation of records and fingerprint data, and improvements in the National Instant Criminal Background Check, National Sex Offender Registry, and domestic violence and protection order systems. The report provides examples of projects aimed at enhancing the involvement of the courts and system integration in improving disposition reporting. The report also discusses the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ efforts to improve performance measurement including the development and use of a Records Quality Index. Highlights include the following: (1) at the end of 2003, States held approximately 71 million criminal records on individuals; (2) as of December 2005, 48 States belonged to the Interstate Identification Index (III), meeting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s rigorous standards for participation; and (3) the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) supports nearly 8 million checks annually at the presale stage of firearms purchases. Table, figures, appendix
Main Term(s): National programs
Index Term(s): Background investigations ; Criminal histories ; Computerized criminal histories ; Criminal history exchanges ; Databases
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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