Where do criminal justice data live in your state?
Criminal History Data
The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) is the state’s repository for criminal history data. The ACJIC also publishes annual statistical reports via its Statistical Analysis Center (SAC).
Case information from Alabama’s unified judicial system is housed centrally by the Alabama Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The AOC’s Administrative Director of Courts has sole discretion in granting access to and release of the data.
The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) maintains information on individuals incarcerated in an ADOC institution. Separately, the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles (ABPP) collects and maintains information on all adults under the supervision of probation and parole.
Other Known Data Sources
In addition to these integrated data sources, since its establishment in 2001, the Alabama Sentencing Commission has taken on efforts to consolidate data related to criminal case sentencing. In recognizing the lack of centralized, relational sentencing data, the Commission contracted with a data analysis and research firm to create a database of felony convictions populated by information received from the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.
At the local level, Alabama’s 67 counties are divided between 41 judicial districts, each district represented by an elected District Attorney. To MFJ’s knowledge there is no centralization of prosecutorial data in Alabama, and each District Attorney’s office manages their own case information in-house. In addition, each of the 67 counties is represented by an elected sheriff who manages a county jail facility and maintains information on the individuals booked and housed there. As of 2008, there are 309 local police departments throughout Alabama that employ at least one full-time officer, each collecting its own arrest data to some extent.