Assessing Florida's Criminal History Improvement, 2003 - 2006: Using the Records Quality Index
Group: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Florida Statistical Analysis Center (FSAC) conducted a study of Florida’s criminal history records using the Records Quality Index (RQI) developed by Structured Decisions Corporation (SDC) for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. SDC applied specific techniques to examine the performance of state criminal history records systems using a set of outcome, timeliness, and completion measures for criminal history records over a period of time. The FSAC used criminal history records for arrests that occurred between 2001 and 2006 to calculate Florida’s RQI for 2003 and, for comparison purposes, the RQI for 2006. As part of this project, the FSAC developed computer programs to automate portions of the RQI equation related to computation of the timeliness and completion of the records. The programs allow the FSAC to easily calculate the RQI for future years as well as modify the measures used to provide additional information about Florida’s criminal history records to policy makers.
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