"This is a report of the results of the Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems. [...]. This report is based on the results from a two-part survey of the administrators of the State criminal history record repositories in January -November 1998. The report is largely based upon data as of December 31, 1997. Fifty three jurisdictions were surveyed, including the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Responses were received to at least one part of the survey from 52 jurisdictions. Only Puerto Rico did not complete either part of the survey. Throughout this report, the 50 States will be referred to as 'States'; the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands will be referred to as 'territories,' consistent with prior surveys; "Nation' refers collectively to both the States and territories. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided information relating to the number of fingerprint cards and dispositions received by the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] during Fiscal Year (FY) 1997 and the number of criminal history records of the States participating in the Interstate Identification Index system that are maintained by the State criminal history repositories and the number of records maintained by the FBI for the States."
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/