According to a
Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems,
which was released in 2003:
1. Only 32
states require prosecutors to report to state repositories a
decision to decline prosecution of a case.
2. Only 35
states and the District
of Columbia require law
enforcement officials to notify the state repository when an
arrested person is released without formal charging, but after
fingerprints were submitted.
3. Only 42
states use computer edit and verification programs as part of
data quality procedures.
4. Only 21
states report that they received
final felony trial court dispositions for 70% or more arrests
within the last 5 years.
5. Only 10
states report they received 100% of
final trial court dispositions.
6. The overall
average is 13.7 days between the date of the final court
disposition and the receipt of fingerprints by the state
criminal record agency. The range is 1 to 169 days (MS is 169).
7. The overall
average is 14.4 days between the receipt of fingerprints and
entry into the state database. The range is 1 day to 180 days
(OK is 180).
The bottom line:
When performing a criminal record search,
proper due diligence requires additional
searching at the county level.