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Justice Records Improvement Program

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

Accomplishments of National Criminal History Record Improvement Program grants

The following provides the accomplishments for NCHIP grants for each of the participating States in alphabetical order.

Widely used acronyms:

  • AFIS - Automated Fingerprint Indentification System
  • CCH - Computerized Criminal History
  • NICS - National Instant Criminal Background Check System
  • III - Interstate Identification Index
  • NSOR - National Sex Offender Registry
  • SOR - Sex Offender Registry
  • NCIC - National Crime Information Center
  • NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • NIBRS - National Incident-Based Reporting System

A C D F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W

Alabama

    Corrections
    • Probation and parole staff have been trained in case management and pre-sentence software for updating records.
    • Alabama has established electronic communication links for sharing data on offenders.
    • Alabama has improved its collection of restitution and court-ordered fees.
    • Department of Corrections intake centers have added livescan equipment.
    Courts
    • Probation and parole authorities have developed procedures to electronically update the records held by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
    • The AOC provides dispositions to the repository weekly.
    • The State has developed plans to improve the protection order index and establish a warrant registry.
    Integration
    • Recent integration of offender databases between the courts and corrections permits criminal justice agencies to have Internet-based access to computerized criminal histories.

Alaska

    Courts
    • All criminal courts are connected to a statewide network to facilitate automated disposition reporting.
    • A fingerprint station has been installed in the Anchorage courthouse to ensure more accurate submission of record information.
    Integration
    • Alaska has developed a charge tracking system to link arrests and dispositions.
    • An AFIS interface has been linked to the Alaska Public Safety Information Network in order to ensure more rapid criminal history updates.
    Law Enforcement
    • Alaska has implemented procedures for automated reporting of arrest information from the Anchorage Police Department to the criminal records repository.
    • Livescans have been installed at the largest booking facilities and half of all fingerprints are now submitted digitally.

Arizona

    Courts
    • The Arizona courts are working to send case dispositions to the Central State Repository in a more timely manner and provide for more accurate, complete, timely, and available criminal history records. The courts have made it a priority to provide the Central State Repository with disposition information within 24 hours after a court imposes a disposition.
    • The Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts is in the initial phase of building a statewide domestic violence data repository which includes all of the courts participating in the automated statewide case management system.
    Integration
    • Records from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are now transmitted electronically to the County Prosecutor. The prosecutor is now able to transmit the records to the courts electronically for disposition reporting.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Maricopa County Sheriff's office has implemented an automated system for tracking protection orders and for submitting protection orders to the FBI's National Protection Order File.
    • An interface has been developed between the AFIS and the repository which permits more rapid and accurate entry of charge data to the criminal record.
    • Thirteen image scanners and 3 livescan units have been purchased, and 90% of all fingerprints are now entered electronically.

Arkansas

    Courts
    • Notebook computers have been purchased and software applications have been developed that will allow for the electronic receipt of arrest data and the electronic submission of missing disposition information.
    Integration
    • An AFIS connection was established between the Arkansas Crime Information Center and the Arkansas State Police. This connection will allow for the electronic receipt of arrest information and should reduce the manual data entry of arrest data by 30-40%.
    Law Enforcement
    • Arkansas has developed a State fingerprint card with a unique tracking number, which allows authorities to more accurately track arrest information and link the proper disposition information.
    • A backlog of 89,711 records was eliminated by 1996.
    • A State Sex Offender file was created and made operational on the State network. Arkansas' automated sex offender registration file contains over 3,000 registered offenders.

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California
    Courts
    • 80 courts in 16 counties received funds to allow them to electronically submit dispositions to the central repository.
    • California reports that statewide electronic reporting is now at 94%.
    Criminal Records System
    • Over 150,000 archived disposition records have been added to the Automated Criminal History System in recent months.
    Integration
    • Several dozen livescan fingerprint devices and scanners have been purchased and installed in central juvenile booking sites, courts, and law enforcement agencies throughout the State.
    Law Enforcement
    • Approximately 2.1 million manual criminal and applicant records were reviewed to identify those with recent arrests that qualified for automation.

Colorado

    Corrections
    • The Department of Corrections has enhanced the accuracy and completeness of their Sex Offender Registry.
    • Several new livescan fingerprint devices have been purchased and installed.
    Courts
    • The Colorado courts have substantially improved their ability to link disposition data to fingerprints.
    Criminal Records System
    • In recent months, Colorado has been able to significantly improve the matching of dispositions to arrests, increasing the matching rate from 35% to approximately 60%.
    Integration
    • A new standardized and integrated data communication system has been created that links all Colorado criminal justice agencies. Operational since 1998, the system continues to be expanded and upgraded.

Connecticut

    Courts
    • Connecticut law provides for the prosecution of juveniles as adults under certain procedures, and a protocol has been established to convert juvenile court records to the adult court case management system.
    Law Enforcement
    • Eight livescan fingerprint devices have been purchased for use by the law enforcement agencies at the State and local levels with the highest levels of arrest activity.
    • The backlog of criminal history records with missing arrest or disposition data has been reduced from 180,000 in 1998 to 67,000 records in 2001.
    • The Connecticut SOR was established and will soon be linked to the computerized criminal history record database.

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Delaware
    Courts
    • In order to facilitate the processing and identification of defendants, a livescan fingerprint device will be purchased installed in the courthouse that is presently under construction in Wilmington.
    Integration
    • The percentage of final felony dispositions recorded in the central repository from 1988 to 1992 was 73%. For the period from 1994 to 1999, this percentage increased to 93%.
    • The percentage of final misdemeanor dispositions recorded in the central repository from 1988 to1992 was 62%. For the period from 1994 to1999, this percentage increased to 91%.
    Law Enforcement
    • All police agencies in Delaware have been linked to the same computer system, allowing for real-time crime reporting, mapping, and information sharing.
    • Four livescan fingerprint units have been purchased which permit more of the statewide criminal livescan fingerprint cards to be submitted electronically to the State Bureau of Identification.
    • Delaware is making progress in linking its automated fingerprint system to the State mugshot network.

District of Columbia

    Criminal Records System
    • The District has made plans to audit its criminal history repository to determine the level of quality and completeness of the records.
    Integration
    • Criminal history records have been made more complete by integrating the information in the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) with information in the Washington Area Law Enforcement System and the local AFIS.
    • Over 70,000 arrest records are documented in the CJIS database annually. This criminal arrest information is shared with the Court Information System (CIS) via an electronic link.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC) has developed plans to convert 160,000 fingerprints which were stored on fingerprint cards to the local AFIS.
    • The MPDC AFIS will soon link fingerprint images to several counties and municipalities in Maryland and Virginia.
    • The MPDC has begun to use imaging storing technology in order to replace a manual system of transferring arrest records to several agencies, including; the United States Attorney's Office, Superior Court, Pretrial Services Agency, the D. C. Jail, Corporation Counsel, and the Public Defender's Office.

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Florida
    Courts
    • The Florida Clerks of Court now have the ability to submit final arrest disposition data on-line to the State central repository. As of May 2001, 57 of the 67 clerks of court were submitting disposition data on-line; therefore, criminal history records are being updated and disseminated in a more timely and accurate manner.
    • As a result of working closely with the Florida Clerks of Court, Florida has added over 4.1 million dispositions to the Florida criminal history system since 1995. This effort has increased the overall rate of felony dispositions on file to almost 70%. Several years ago, the rate of disposition data in Florida was approximately 40%.
    Integration
    • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement recently upgraded its statewide telecommunications network that allows criminal justice agencies in Florida to connect with one another.
    • Florida is one of the States that has signed the Interstate Compact for the sharing of criminal history data.
    Law Enforcement
    • Florida Department of Law Enforcement has significantly improved the submission of custody data in the Florida system. Over 800,000 custody records have been added as of June 1, 2001, and approximately 2,000 to 2,500 additional records are added to the criminal history system each month.

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Georgia
    Courts
    • There are 116 courts representing 65 counties in Georgia that now have the capability to report automated court dispositions directly to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
    • The GBI is currently working with the Superior Court Clerk's Authority to expand that court's automation of court dispositions.
    Law Enforcement
    • Local law enforcement agencies have purchased new livescan and fingerprint card scanning devices. Over 69% of the criminal fingerprint submissions in Georgia are transmitted electronically.
    • The GBI's Firearms Unit hired additional staff to research case dispositions in order to provide rapid background checks on persons wishing to purchase firearms, including handguns and long guns, from federally licensed firearm dealers.
    • The GBI has implemented a statewide Sexually Violent Offender Registry program to track sexually violent offenders. There are 4,978 sex offenders registered to Georgia's SOR, which has recently been linked to the NSOR.

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Hawaii
    Courts
    • As part of Hawaii's newly redesigned criminal history record system, the courts will be able to electronically transmit information to each other.
    Integration
    • The criminal justice telecommunications network was upgraded to improve response time and connectivity among all criminal justice agencies. The network now supports over 3,200 users - an increase of 177 % in the last few years.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Honolulu Police Department has developed a plan to improve its capability to provide case disposition information to other States.
    • A statewide Temporary Restraining Order/Protection Order File was implemented in April 2001 which provides statewide access to the actual temporary restraining order/protection order file documents.
    • Hawaii public record sex offender information has been made available on the World Wide Web. This website has experienced over 3.5 million hits in just 10 months. In addition, a statewide mugshot system was recently implemented which provides photographs of registered sex offenders and arrested offenders.

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Idaho
    Courts
    • The judicial branch has reviewed 50,933 case files and updated 2,927 case records in the court's record system, which were then made available to the central repository.
    • The Idaho Supreme Court has proposed a plan to manage and implement a State-level database of court information.
    Integration
    • Idaho's criminal history system is capable of linking or being integrated with all other criminal justice information systems (e.g., the courts, corrections, and local booking agencies).
    • Idaho has made it a priority to automate the submission of both arrest and disposition data.
    Law Enforcement
    • Six local livescan terminals have been purchased to automate the submission of arrest fingerprint cards and improve the completeness and timeliness of arrest data at the central repository.
    • A website has been developed for the central SOR. Educational and social service agencies currently generate approximately 1,000 requests a month for checks of the central SOR and these record checks can now be conducted by the agencies online via the registry web page. Prior to online access, such checks required five to ten days for manual processing.

Illinois

    Integration
    • The Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Corrections, Cook County, the Chicago Police Department, and the Illinois Department of Human Services are cooperating to plan and implement "single print" technology in order to use one fingerprint as means to access information concerning the identity and criminal history of an individual.
    • A new AFIS system was purchased by the Bureau of Identification which provides direct access to fingerprint files by electronic fingerprinting devices from agencies throughout the State.
    Law Enforcement
    • State agencies have purchased several livescan electronic fingerprint transmission devices, which were placed in agencies with the highest numbers of fingerprint submissions. A fax server is being implemented to automate the receipt of criminal history responses.
    • The Illinois State Police has made significant strides toward completion of the Integrated Justice Information System, which will link all criminal justice agencies statewide.
    Courts
    • Illinois has made it a priority to develop a new interactive information system that enables the courts to receive arrest information and to instantly submit dispositional information to the system.

Indiana

    Courts
    • To improve the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of court disposition reporting, the database of court disposition records has been upgraded and 35 counties have been added.
    • This database is now directly linked with the central Indiana State Police records repository. By fall 2001, 85 counties will have the ability to submit and share dispositions and other information between the prosecutor's office and the central repository.
    Integration
    • Disposition reporting at the central records repository is at an all time high. In 1993, only 12% of all arrests had dispositions associated with them. That percentage is nearing 50% and increasing each week with the automation of disposition reporting.
    Law Enforcement
    • According to the Indiana State Police, livescan units have been installed and connected in 31 counties that submit electronic fingerprint arrest data. It is estimated that these livescans will represent at least 70% of all arrest data submitted annually to the central records repository.
    • The Indiana State Police has improved Indiana's contribution to the NSOR. Individuals required to register in Indiana will now be entered in the Indiana Sex Offender Data Base and each registration will now automatically generate an entry into the FBI's NSOR.

Iowa

    Courts
    • The electronic transfer of disposition information from the courts to the central repository is now possible in certain counties.
    Integration
    • Eleven livescans have been installed and are operational. Nine are installed in law enforcement agencies, one in the Department of Corrections, and one at the Division of Criminal Investigation headquarters.
    • Manual files of over 60,000 records have been reviewed and duplication has been eliminated, resulting in a record base of 31,298 records.
    Law Enforcement
    • Fingerprint card processing time has been accelerated from a 70-day backlog to one-day processing.

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Kansas
    Courts
    • A plan has been developed to permit the electronic submission of prosecution and court disposition information to the State criminal history system.
    • The State is developing a statewide court management system that will track case dispositions.
    Integration
    • There is now Internet access to the State's criminal history records, which allows electronic access to records without intervention by the central repository. In 2000, the Internet handled 45,035 record inquiries resulting in the dissemination of 13,005 rap sheets.
    Law Enforcement
    • The State's AFIS has been replaced with a new system that allows law enforcement agencies to submit electronic arrest information and fingerprints to the central repository. The livescan interface allows the arresting agency to check and confirm a suspect's identity before releasing the suspect on bond.
    • Electronic fingerprint submissions have reduced the time necessary to enter arrest data into the State criminal history record.
    • Two new servers have been purchased and installed to support the new criminal history system.

Kentucky

    Integration
    • A new automation infrastructure has been established that allows various criminal justice agencies to access criminal history information.
    • A more efficient offender-based information system is in place that can be accessed by the statewide criminal justice information network.
    Law Enforcement
    • Kentucky has been able to install 83 AFIS livescans statewide that allow the capture of real-time arrest information and fingerprints.
    • When fully implemented, Kentucky's new AFIS system will incorporate livescan stations in jail facilities and detention centers throughout the State to maximize data integrity through timely positive identification processing, assignment of the State Identification Number, and automated criminal history record updates.
    • The Kentucky State Police has worked to reduce its fingerprint card backlog and improve criminal history records to capture disposition information.

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Louisiana
    Courts
    • Several of the courts are in the process of being automated. Fifty-six of Louisiana's courts are submitting criminal case disposition information, with forty-eight of these courts submitting this data electronically on a regular basis.
    • The Louisiana Criminal Code has been summarized into brief descriptions to simplify the reporting of criminal case disposition data.
    • Members of the judiciary are now able to electronically access the criminal history repository.
    • A statewide Protective Order Repository Program has been established to provide data for child protection, domestic violence, and firearm purchase inquiries.
    Corrections
    • The statewide AFIS network has been expanded. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections has recently added AFIS livescan units at four major adult correctional facilities and at two adult probation and parole offices.
    Integration
    • State prosecutors have a new information link which allows them to access State information systems.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Louisiana Department of Public Safety processed and completed more than 3,300 expungement records, and has processed an additional 240,000 other attendant expungement records.

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Maine
    Courts
    • Maine has updated its court case management system to allow electronic reporting of dispositions to the State Police.
    Integration
    • An automated fingerprint identification system has been installed in Maine which links the criminal history records of Maine with those of New Hampshire and Vermont. The system allows all existing fingerprint supported criminal history records to be provided to the FBI.
    • A criminal history records improvement project is underway which will link the prosecutors, courts, and corrections.
    Law Enforcement
    • All fingerprint supported criminal history records were reviewed, and those records that did not qualify for inclusion in the FBI's III were removed.

Maryland

    Courts
    • Maryland Circuit Courts are now connected to databases of offender-based information. A judicial computer network now exists that includes 24 counties and Baltimore City Circuit Courts.
    • There have been improvements in data collection and reporting for Maryland's trial courts and appellate courts.
    Law Enforcement
    • Livescan devices now permit an offender's arrest and fingerprint data to be transmitted directly to the central repository.
    • The Maryland SOR has been automated and will soon link to the NSOR.
    • The time required for positive fingerprint identifications has been significantly reduced.

Massachusetts

    Integration
    • A new system now allows arrest data from local police departments to be forwarded automatically to the courts for use in generating complaints.
    Law Enforcement
    • Ten FBI-approved card scanning workstations will soon be distributed to local police departments for the electronic submission of fingerprints to the State Police AFIS and to the FBI.
    • An electronic system is now in place that permits local police departments to electronically process firearms applications and licenses. The backlog of licenses was completely eliminated and 100,000 firearms licenses have been entered into the system.

Michigan

    Courts
    • The tracking system used by prosecutors was upgraded to a new and more efficient operating system.
    • The State Court Administrative Office continues to install new equipment which allows Michigan courts to submit disposition data electronically. The equipment is now in place in the 25 largest Michigan counties.
    Integration
    • An automated communications link was developed between law enforcement and prosecutors to make warrant request and booking processes more efficient, and to make the reporting of criminal history information from these agencies more complete and timely.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Michigan Department of State Police developed a new computer system that allows for immediate identification of subjects, transmits fingerprint images and data to the FBI, and expands the criminal history record database.
    • Criminal history records were reviewed to identify those cases in which the repository received a felony conviction disposition from the court which did not link to an arrest fingerprint card. In the counties studied, 7,094 (83%) of the missing fingerprint cards were located and entered into the system.
    • Michigan hired limited term staff to process a backlog of dispositions. To date, 70,874 dispositions have been entered into the system.

Minnesota

    Corrections
    • The Department of Corrections has implemented a database of State probationers which is available to the entire criminal justice community and the FBI.
    Courts
    • As a collaboration between the judicial and executive branches, Minnesota has established a database of statewide protection orders which is available to the courts, State and local law enforcement, as well as the FBI.
    Integration
    • Minnesota is part of a tri-State consortium that provides automated fingerprint identification services to Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
    • State and federal funds (including NCHIP) have been used to deploy 71 livescan devices serving 46 of the 87 counties in the State. An additional 63 devices have been ordered, and once deployed, all 87 counties in the State will be serviced by livescan, as will 17 court sites, 20 police departments, and 5 State prison facilities.

Mississippi

    Courts
    • Courts in all eighty-two counties received new workstations which supply disposition data to Administrative Office of the Courts' central site.
    Integration
    • To replace an inefficient manual system, a state-of-the-art communication network was recently designed and built, a comprehensive AFIS platform was established, and a central records repository was created.
    Law Enforcement
    • Mississippi established a web-based SOR which replaced a manual filing system. As of June 2001, almost all records were entered into the national database.

Missouri

    Courts
    • Missouri has developed a customized database to compare criminal history records to case management files.
    • A new prosecutor case management system has been installed to assist prosecutors in accessing and updating case records.
    • Missouri has identified disposition backlogs for the previous five years and has formulated procedures for arrest/disposition matching at the appropriate courts.
    Integration
    • Statewide training on the fundamentals of criminal history reporting has been provided by the repository and Office of State Courts Administrator. Twenty-two seminars were presented across the State with 816 total participants from law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and the Department of Corrections.
    • Cases with missing dispositions were compiled at the county level and dispositions were located for a total of 2,202 charges that previously had a status of "disposition unknown."

Montana

    Corrections
    • The Montana Department of Justice, the Montana Department of Corrections, and local law enforcement agencies procured and installed eight livescan units for use in Montana correctional facilities.
    • The Department of Corrections is replicating a successful project to provide network access to Probation and Parole Supervisor offices, as well as other community corrections offices around the State.
    Courts
    • The Supreme Court Administrators office has upgraded the communications network that links the Court's central repository and the Justice, City and Municipal courts (Courts of Limited Jurisdiction) to allow electronic reporting of dispositions and the issuance of temporary restraining orders in domestic abuse cases.
    • The Supreme Court Administrators office purchased a commercial case management system entitled "Full Court" for use by the Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.
    Integration
    • The Montana Criminal Justice Information Systems Project has been created to coordinate the sharing of data from separate State agency systems in order to provide high quality criminal history data and related information to law enforcement agencies, the courts, the Department of Corrections, and other users throughout the State.
    • A quality control unit has been funded to conduct statewide audits of criminal justice agencies, participate in the design and debugging of the new criminal history record system, actively pursue contemporaneous delinquent dispositions, and maintain Montana's records for submission to the FBI.

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Nebraska
    Courts
    • Nebraska is improving disposition reporting from the Federal and county court systems by streamlining the flow of information which will allow for more current dispositions to be included on criminal records.
    • Nebraska is establishing a central repository for criminal and civil case information.
    Integration
    • Nebraska has completed the automated processing of non-criminal record history checks. Now, record checks requests can be completed within one day.
    Law Enforcement
    • Nebraska has begun to develop the ability to submit arrest fingerprint cards electronically rather than manually. It is anticipated that soon, approximately 60% of all arrest information will be submitted electronically, eliminating the manual re-entry of data captured at the AFIS livescan.
    • A file server has been purchased to make SOR information more available to Nebraska's law enforcement agencies.

Nevada

    Courts
    • New district attorney case management software is being installed in all counties, and the process is nearly complete.
    • The Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts is managing a project to ensure accurate criminal justice information is electronically transmitted to all courts and justice agencies in the four participating counties. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by 32 governmental agencies and courts in four counties in order to integrate their criminal justice information.

New Hampshire

    Courts
    • The courts have begun to upgrade their computer capabilities to improve integration between the courts and other criminal justice information users.
    Integration
    • New Hampshire participates in the Tri-State AFIS, which connects Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
    Law Enforcement
    • A program has been established for the entry of protective orders into centralized databases, including local databases and the National Protective Order File.
    • The SOR program in New Hampshire continues to provide critical information to the public and law enforcement agencies.

New Jersey

    Corrections
    • The Department of Corrections is now able to automatically post computerized criminal history record information for all parolees.
    Integration
    • The entire New Jersey criminal justice community is able to utilize a standardized, unique number assigned to an individual when fingerprinted which enables that individual to be tracked throughout New Jersey's entire Criminal Justice Information System.
    • Court disposition information is electronically posted to the computerized criminal history file through the interface between the State police and court's computers.
    Law Enforcement
    • New Jersey Division of State Police has developed a system that enables police departments to electronically transmit fingerprint cards directly to State Police Headquarters for immediate and positive identification of a person at the time of arrest. Positive identification of arrested individuals is returned within two hours while the suspect in still in custody.
    • Since May, 1990, latent identifications utilizing AFIS were made in over 7,800 previously unsolved crimes which included 228 homicides. Utilizing AFIS, criminal and applicant fingerprint cards are now processed in a rapid and accurate manner.
    • New Jersey now has a total of forty-three livescan devices installed and operational in the State's fifteen major cities and correctional institutions.
    • Approximately 40 percent of all criminal fingerprint card submissions are being electronically forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation via livescan technology.

New Mexico

    Integration
    • A computer network has been established to link the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the courts, district attorneys, and local police agencies to allow the agencies to communicate across different platforms.
    • New Mexico has recently established the Interim Distributing Imaging System (IDIS), which permits several agencies within the State to get quick responses from the FBI on non-criminal background checks. The IDIS is used by the New Mexico Department of Health, Children, Youth and Families; Albuquerque Public Schools; Gaming Control Authority; New Mexico Department of Education; and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
    Law Enforcement
    • In 1996, approximately 5% of the 370,000 records in the New Mexico Department of Public Safety database included complete dispositions. As of June 2001, approximately 40% included dispositions.
    • Approximately 140,000 new records and 40,000 old records have been updated.

New York

    Courts
    • New York has linked Superior Court cases with the computerized criminal history system, allowing case disposition information to be updated automatically. All State funded courts are now reporting dispositions electronically.
    • Through March 2001, court personnel had corrected over 81,000 missing dispositions.
    • As of January 2001, the State repository had received final dispositions for 89% of the arrests reported from 1989 to 1999.
    • Statewide, the proportion of arrests with final dispositions within 11 to13 months following the end of the arrest year rose from 75% for the 1989-93 period to 80% for the period 1994-1999.
    Integration
    • New York has upgraded its criminal history database to encompass over six million active criminal histories and over one million mugshots, providing criminal justice information to hundreds of agencies and thousands of users who never had it before. Approximately 20,000 images are being added to the mugshot database each month.
    • On March 15, 2000, an automated link between the fingerprint Store and Forward system and the criminal history system was completed, eliminating the need to manually edit and data enter fingerprint information.

North Carolina

    Courts
    • The Administrative Office of the Courts has begun to develop a statewide magistrates' warrant control system which will expand automatically as warrants are created by State magistrates. Initially, this system was designed to house outstanding arrest warrants but has been expanded to house domestic violence protection orders and other forms of criminal process. Officers and court personnel will be able to immediately create, access, and reproduce warrants electronically and on a real-time basis.
    Integration
    • The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has developed a network that provides information to law enforcement agencies, human service agencies, and other service providers in the State.
    Law Enforcement
    • The storage capacity of the State AFIS has been increased to enable the system to accommodate 1.7 million fingerprint records.

North Dakota

    Corrections
    • All criminal fingerprint cards, including both livescan and paper-based fingerprint submissions, are transferred electronically to the FBI.
    Courts
    • The State's attorneys, the criminal record repository, and the State Supreme Court Administrator are collaborating to develop an Integrated Justice System strategy for North Dakota. That strategy addresses the linking of courts, State's attorneys, and the central repository to facilitate disposition reporting and other purposes.
    Integration
    • The AFIS in North Dakota is a regional system including the States of Minnesota and South Dakota. North Dakota has established a link between the automated criminal history record system and AFIS, which allows for the one-time entry of information from the inception of a fingerprint record to the final entry on the computerized criminal history record.
    • The procedures for automated handling and recording of noncriminal justice background checks have been significantly improved, allowing for more efficient entry and processing of criminal records and inquiries.
    Law Enforcement
    • The criminal history record system has been linked to the parole and probation information system, thus permitting the exchange of information between the systems. This system can notify parole officers when offenders under supervision are rearrested or when inquiries are made on their records.

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Ohio
    Courts
    • A computer interface has been established to connect local courts with State criminal justice agencies.
    • Ohio continues to automate those courts that currently operate with manual systems.
    Integration
    • The status of criminal history records has improved dramatically in recent years through livescan technology and the establishment of a statewide AFIS which is available to all authorized criminal justice agencies throughout the State.
    Law Enforcement
    • Ohio's Law Enforcement Automated Data System will be substantially upgraded in order to comply with the NCIC 2000 standards by July, 2002.

Oklahoma

    Corrections
    • Livescan booking stations have been installed in several of the State's largest contributors of fingerprint cards, including Tulsa County (the second largest jurisdiction) and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Having electronic bookings at these two largest jurisdictions, coupled with the efforts in automating their district attorney offices, will allow the system to receive filings and dispositions from these jurisdictions for the first time in history.
    Courts
    • The District Attorneys Record Tracking System was created to provide for the electronic reporting of filings, declinations, and final dispositions to the central repository.
    Integration
    • The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System is being expanded to allow more agencies to access criminal history records and automated rap sheet responses. This system also permits law enforcement agencies to have access to the District Attorneys case filings that previously were part of a closed, manual system.

Oregon

    Corrections
    • Oregon has installed 27 livescan fingerprint devices in county jails and juvenile correctional facilities.
    Courts
    • The Oregon Judicial Information Network has been upgraded by flagging domestic violence cases to permit identification of the case and defendant from the filing stage through conviction.
    Integration
    • Complete Oregon criminal history record information (all felony and misdemeanor arrest data regardless of disposition) is available electronically to State and federal regulatory agencies responsible for licensing or regulating the private sector concerning children, the elderly, or disabled persons.
    Law Enforcement
    • Automated instant-check workstation software and hardware have been implemented to support the State instant-check system and the National Instant-Check System. Since June 1996, the system has processed 271,465 handgun checks, of which 264,784 were approved, and 6,681 (2.5%) were denied. A total of 528 persons have been arrested for attempting to unlawfully purchase a handgun and 364 stolen handguns have been recovered.
    • Oregon has upgraded the existing AFIS workstations to the most current technology in order to process the increased criminal history workload as a result of livescan in a timely and accurate manner.

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Pennsylvania
    Courts
    • There is now web-based disposition reporting from all Pennsylvania counties.
    • Pennsylvania is working to allow local clerks of courts to post dispositions in the criminal history record repository electronically in real time.
    • Pennsylvania has begun implementation of real-time posting of arrest information through the establishment of a livescan fingerprint network, which accounts for 70% of arrest transactions.
    Law Enforcement
    • Livescan fingerprint equipment has been upgraded at 15 sites.
    • A major upgrade of the central repository has been undertaken in order to increase the storage and memory capacity of the system.
    • The AFIS was enhanced and a Store and Forward device was implemented to permit interface with FBI records.

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Rhode Island
    Courts
    • The Rhode Island court system replaced its 20-year old criminal records management information system with new software that endeavors to create a comprehensive statewide criminal and juvenile justice information system. The software provides the courts with an enhanced records management system that combines criminal case data, including dispositions, sentences, warrant information, and assessment and collection of fees.
    • The implementation of new software in the criminal courts has improved the entry of disposition data and computerized docket information.
    Law Enforcement
    • AFIS workstations were installed at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General and Rhode Island State Police.
    • Approximately 200,000 Rhode Island fingerprint cards were converted to a digital format and automatically entered into the computer system. Over 87% of all fingerprints in the State are now taken in a digital format.
    • Rhode Island is developing an interface that will electronically transmit to the repository an arrestee's demographic data from any arresting agency using the records management system. Currently, over seventy-five percent of the municipal agencies (as well as the Rhode Island State Police) use this system, and further integration will eliminate duplication of data entry.

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South Carolina
    Courts
    • A proposal has been made by the South Carolina Judicial Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to reform the system for the delivery of dispositions from the courts to the State Identification Bureau.
    Law Enforcement
    • The AFIS has been upgraded with significantly expanded storage and processing capabilities.
    • An interface between the AFIS and the criminal history database is nearing completion.
    • The SOR has been upgraded and made available over the Internet. The registry now holds records on approximately 4,000 subjects.
    • The criminal record repository holds records on over one million subjects (complete with fingerprint images), with most records residing in AFIS.

South Dakota

    Courts
    • Temporary staff have been hired to locate and add all missing dispositions since 1990. In order to avoid repeating this labor intensive exercise and to ensure that complete criminal records are maintained in the future, a systematic tracking program has been implemented.
    • A protection order system has been developed and implemented.
    • A juvenile case management system has been created.
    Integration
    • Statewide AFIS technology connects to a system in Minnesota and North Dakota, to create a regional database known as the Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network.
    • The State's computerized criminal history database has been linked to the courts' database, allowing case dispositions to automatically update the criminal history database.
    • New AFIS equipment has been purchased.

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Tennessee
    Courts
    • A statewide case management system is under development which will allow for real time data entry and case information sharing among the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Tennessee Department of Correction.
    • The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts is working to upgrade the current State owned court clerk system to provide systematic criminal case disposition reports to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
    Integration
    • Communications have been improved among the central criminal history repository, the Department of Corrections, local District Attorneys, and the Tennessee State court system.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Tennessee Crime Information System has been substantially upgraded to facilitate the transfer of automated fingerprint cards and expand criminal history information.
    • An electronic archive has been purchased which will be added to the existing AFIS to eliminate the need for paper filing of fingerprint cards.

Texas

    Courts
    • Harris County extracted all of its court dispositions within its computerized system and sent them to the Criminal Justice Policy Council to be matched against arrest records in the central repository. Where definitive matches could be made, the "missing" dispositions were added to the arrest record. As of March 2001, 14% of the records checked were missing dispositions that have now been added to the computerized criminal history arrest record.
    Integration
    • The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Criminal Justice Policy Council coordinated a Criminal History Disposition Workshop in order to identify errors and improve the quality of disposition records being transmitted electronically to the FBI.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Criminal Justice Policy Council purchased 41 livescan fingerprint units for 31 sites across Texas. Due to a recent upgrade in the AFIS, the manual processing of fingerprint and offender information in Texas has decreased by nearly 80%.

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Utah
    Corrections
    • The Department of Corrections' new offender tracking information system has shown considerable progress.
    Courts
    • The Utah Prosecution Council's statewide prosecutor management system has been completed.
    Integration
    • An interface has been installed that allows corrections data and rap sheet information to flow directly to the repository.
    Law Enforcement
    • Several livescan devices have been purchased and installed in various counties and in the Department of Corrections.

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Vermont
    Courts
    • An inter-agency data transfer project is underway which will enable Vermont to electronically transmit court dispositions to the Vermont Crime Information Center, eliminating the current data transfer via paper.
    Integration
    • Case management software has been purchased to enable the State's attorneys offices to participate in an integrated justice information system which connects the police, the courts and corrections.
    Law Enforcement
    • Vermont has automated its sex offender files and restraining order files and made them accessible both in-State and out-of-State.
    • Additional AFIS units have been purchased.

Virginia

    Courts
    • All circuit and general district courts in Virginia now share a computer interface. Prior to the use of NCHIP funds, 22 courts were linked, but now, approximately 244 adult courts are. Juvenile courts continue to be added.
    Integration
    • A link has been established between the AFIS and the CCH System.
    Law Enforcement
    • To improve dispositions, Virginia has implemented a uniform offense description table based on the Code of Virginia citations which is used in the automated entry of criminal arrest records. Virginia is now recording the code citation on 80-90% of all incoming arrest records and 95% of all incoming court dispositions.
    • Since 1995, over 52 agencies have acquired livescan systems. Forty agencies are currently able to transmit arrestee fingerprints directly to the State Police and the other 12 agencies are in the process of automation. Approximately 70% of incoming arrest records are now submitted electronically.
    • Criminal arrest fingerprints are now sent electronically to the FBI through a gateway system at the State Police.

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Washington
    Integration
    • Information on felony dispositions is transmitted electronically from the State court system database to the Washington State Patrol criminal history database.
    • A Process Control Number for offenders has been implemented which electronically connects related files maintained by law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and corrections.
    Law Enforcement
    • The 20 livescan systems in Washington are now connected to the State AFIS and criminal history system.
    • The State SOR mugshots have been converted into digitized formats for electronic transmission to the NSOR.

West Virginia

    Corrections
    • Livescan technology will be operational at seven out of ten regional jails by the end of 2001.
    Courts
    • West Virginia is developing an automated connection in each county courthouse, at regional jails, and Division of Corrections facilities to support disposition reporting. The new connection will also permit a livescan connection to the repository database.
    Integration
    • West Virginia has recently converted its fingerprint cards to automated standards and has linked the fingerprint automation to the index of criminal records.
    Law Enforcement
    • Scanning technology has been implemented at the State police repository to enter and classify those fingerprint cards submitted on paper.

Wisconsin

    Courts
    • Courts are developing a standardized statute reference table. Presently, several State and local agencies maintain statute tables and related cross-reference information for use in their own information systems, which results in differences and errors in the different statute tables.
    Law Enforcement
    • Cardscan and livescan fingerprint devices have been purchased and installed.
    • Computer links have been created with each agency's case record system.
    • The State SOR has recently been upgraded.

Wyoming

    Integration
    • Wyoming's fingerprint files have been digitized and stored along with the States of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah for online search capabilities through the Western Identification Network (WIN). Additionally, the WIN system provides an interface to systems in California and Washington.
    Law Enforcement
    • The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation has installed new AFIS equipment.
    • Wyoming has developed an automated State SOR.



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