Where do criminal justice data live in your state?
Criminal History Data
The Missouri Highway Patrol (MSHP) maintains Missouri’s central repository of criminal records. This includes felony and misdemeanor arrests, charges, and dispositions submitted by court clerks, prosecutors, police departments, sheriffs, and department of corrections from across the state.
The Missouri Office of the State Court Administrator (OSCA) maintains felony and misdemeanor criminal defendant and case processing information from filing to resolution for Missouri’s 46 judicial districts spanning across 115 jurisdictions.
The Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) maintains information on individuals currently and previously under the supervision of corrections. This includes people who are or have been incarcerated or field-supervised on probation and/or parole.
Other Known Data Sources
The Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) maintains case, defendant, and charge information related to the state’s indigent defense clients.
In addition to these statewide data systems, each local city or county collects its own data to some extent. These include 115 sheriffs’ offices, two county-run jail facilities, and 115 prosecutors across Missouri’s 114 counties and independent city of St. Louis. While not a state unified system, most of the county prosecutors utilize the same case-management system. As of 2008, there are 430 local police departments throughout Missouri that employ at least one full-time officer, each collecting its own arrest data to some extent. Law enforcement in the state utilize a variety of different case-management systems, which allow them to track citations, arrests, booking, and releases.