Collecting and Processing Multistate Criminal-History Data for Statistical Analysis [open pdf - 321KB]
From the Document: "The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) aims to produce timely and accurate statistics on the criminal activities and recidivism patterns of offenders. To help achieve this goal, BJS has developed methods by which multistate criminal-history records are collected and processed for statistical and research purposes. This report discusses (1) BJS's methods to collect and process criminal-history data and (2) the substantive, technical, and methodological challenges faced in creating a new system to conduct this work."
Bureau of Justice Statistics: https://www.bjs.gov/