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Title: West Virgina Criminal History Records Data Quality Review
Author(s): Theresa K. Lester M.A.; Stephen M. Hass Ph.D.
Corporate Author: West Virginia Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Ctr
Division of Criminal Justice Services
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 60
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
West Virginia Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Ctr
Charleston, WV 25301
Grant Number: 2002-BJ-CX-K019
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

West Virginia Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Ctr
Division of Criminal Justice Services
1204 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25301
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This evaluation assessed the State of West Virginia’s (WV's) criminal history records system and the extent to which it complies with the standards recommended by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Abstract: Three criteria were used to evaluate WV's criminal history records: (1) completeness; (2) accuracy; and (3) timeliness. A reverse auditing methodology was employed in which arrest and disposition information was collected from original source documents and compared to information recorded on rap sheets or criminal history records (CHRs) at the central repository. A multistage stratified sampling procedure was used to select the 34 WV law enforcement agencies to be involved in the auditing process. The results of the evaluation indicated that in comparison to the 1997 WV audit results, the current criminal history records system contains a greater proportion of complete records and contains more timely information. In particular, for the total sample of arrests, only 39 percent were completed in the criminal history records system and over 59 percent of arrests contained missing information. The accuracy of the records was assessed at 65.9 percent, with 16.5 percent of records containing inaccurate information. In terms of timeliness, most dispositions were reported to the WV repository within the time standards provided by BJA. Overall, the evaluation indicated modest improvement in WV's criminal history records system since the audit in 1997. Future audits should consider using a larger sample of WV law enforcement agencies in order to gain more complete data. Tables, graphs, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Criminal justice statistics
Index Term(s): BJS Grant-related Documents; State crime statistics; West Virginia
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