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
- NICS - National
Instant Criminal Background Check System
- III - Interstate
- NSOR - National Sex Offender
- SOR - Sex Offender Registry
- NCIC - National Crime Information
- NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology
- NIBRS - National Incident-Based Reporting System
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- 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
- Department of Corrections intake centers have added livescan equipment.
- Probation and parole authorities have developed procedures to electronically
update the records held by the Administrative Office of the Courts
- The AOC provides dispositions to the repository weekly.
- The State has developed plans to improve the protection order
index and establish a warrant registry.
- Recent integration of offender databases between the courts and corrections permits criminal justice agencies to have Internet-based access to computerized criminal histories.
- 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.
- Alaska has developed a charge tracking system to link arrests
- An AFIS interface has
been linked to the Alaska Public Safety Information Network in order
to ensure more rapid criminal history updates.
- Alaska has implemented procedures for automated reporting of arrest
information from the Anchorage Police Department to the criminal records
- Livescans have been installed at the largest booking facilities
and half of all fingerprints are now submitted digitally.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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%.
- 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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Criminal Records System
- 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
- Over 150,000 archived disposition records have been added to the Automated Criminal
History System in recent months.
- 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.
- Approximately 2.1 million manual criminal and applicant records were
reviewed to identify those with recent arrests that qualified for automation.
- 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.
Criminal Records System
The Colorado courts have substantially improved their ability to link
disposition data to fingerprints.
- 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%.
- 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 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
- 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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- 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.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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%.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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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- As part of Hawaii's newly redesigned criminal history record
system, the courts will be able to electronically transmit information
to each other.
- 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.
- The Honolulu Police Department has developed a plan to improve
its capability to provide case disposition information to other
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- The electronic transfer of disposition information from the courts
to the central repository is now possible in certain counties.
- 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
- Manual files of over 60,000 records have been reviewed and
duplication has been eliminated, resulting in a record base
of 31,298 records.
- Fingerprint card processing time has been accelerated from
a 70-day backlog to one-day processing.
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- A plan has been developed to permit the electronic submission of
prosecution and court disposition information to the State criminal
- The State is developing a statewide court management system that
will track case dispositions.
- 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.
- 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
- Two new servers have been purchased and installed to support
the new criminal history system.
- A new automation infrastructure has been established that
allows various criminal justice agencies to access criminal
- A more efficient offender-based information system is in
place that can be accessed by the statewide criminal justice
- 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
- The Kentucky State Police has worked to reduce its fingerprint
card backlog and improve criminal history records to capture
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- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- State prosecutors have a new information link which allows
them to access State information systems.
- 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 has updated its court case management system to allow
electronic reporting of dispositions to the State Police.
- 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.
- 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 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
- There have been improvements in data collection and reporting
for Maryland's trial courts and appellate courts.
- 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.
- A new system now allows arrest data from local police departments
to be forwarded automatically to the courts for use in generating
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Department of Corrections has implemented a database
of State probationers which is available to the entire criminal
justice community and the FBI.
- 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.
- 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.
- Courts in all eighty-two counties received new workstations
which supply disposition data to Administrative Office of the
Courts' central site.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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
- 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."
- 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 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
- The Supreme Court Administrators office purchased a commercial
case management system entitled "Full Court" for use by the
Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.
- 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
- 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 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.
- Nebraska has completed the automated processing of non-criminal
record history checks. Now, record checks requests can be completed
within one day.
- 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.
- 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.
- The courts have begun to upgrade their computer capabilities
to improve integration between the courts and other criminal
justice information users.
- New Hampshire participates in the Tri-State AFIS, which connects Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
- 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
- The Department of Corrections is now able to automatically
post computerized criminal history record information for all
- 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
- Court disposition information is electronically posted to
the computerized criminal history file through the interface
between the State police and court's computers.
- 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
- Approximately 40 percent of all criminal fingerprint card submissions
are being electronically forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation
via livescan technology.
- 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.
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The storage capacity of the State AFIS has been increased to enable the system to accommodate
1.7 million fingerprint records.
- All criminal fingerprint cards, including both livescan and paper-based
fingerprint submissions, are transferred electronically to the FBI.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- Ohio's Law Enforcement Automated Data System will be substantially
upgraded in order to comply with the NCIC 2000 standards by July,
- 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.
- The District Attorneys Record Tracking System was created to
provide for the electronic reporting of filings, declinations, and
final dispositions to the central repository.
- 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 has installed 27 livescan fingerprint devices in county
jails and juvenile correctional facilities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- There is now web-based disposition reporting from all Pennsylvania
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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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- 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
- 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
- The criminal record repository holds records on over one million
subjects (complete with fingerprint images), with most records residing
- 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
- A protection order system has been developed and implemented.
- A juvenile case management system has been created.
- 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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- 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
- Communications have been improved among the central criminal
history repository, the Department of Corrections, local District
Attorneys, and the Tennessee State court system.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- The Department of Corrections' new offender tracking information
system has shown considerable progress.
- The Utah Prosecution Council's statewide prosecutor management
system has been completed.
- An interface has been installed that allows corrections data
and rap sheet information to flow directly to the repository.
- Several livescan devices have been purchased and installed in various
counties and in the Department of Corrections.
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- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A link has been established between the AFIS and the CCH System.
- 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
- Criminal arrest fingerprints are now sent electronically to the
FBI through a gateway system at the State Police.
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- 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.
- 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
- Livescan technology will be operational at seven out of ten regional
jails by the end of 2001.
- 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.
- West Virginia has recently converted its fingerprint
cards to automated standards and has linked the fingerprint
automation to the index of criminal records.
- Scanning technology has been implemented at the State police repository
to enter and classify those fingerprint cards submitted on paper.
- 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.
- 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'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.
- The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation has installed new
- Wyoming has developed an automated State SOR.