Where do criminal justice data live in your state?
Criminal History Data
The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) serves as the state’s criminal history information repository. Arrest information is reported to the BCI by local city and country law enforcement agencies and the BCI is charged with disseminating to approved parties.
Utah has a unified court system, with district and justice court data stored centrally and maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). While case information from all district and justice courts currently lives in the AOC’s statewide case management system, CORIS, each court transitioned at a different time and the available data is dependent on the court’s integration date. Additionally, the AOC maintains data from juvenile courts and appellate courts in separate case management systems.
The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) maintains information on people housed in UDC prisons as well as those adults supervised through probation and parole. The UDC makes certain statistics available online, including data on the number of incarcerated and supervised individuals, allowing users to filter the data by race, sex, and type of crime.
Other Known Data Sources
Information from Utah’s various sitewide systems feed into a suprasystem, the Utah Criminal Justice Information System (UCJIS), designed as a resource for in-state justice system personnel. Like the criminal history repository, which is largely comprised of arrest data, the UCJIS is managed by the DPS’s Bureau of Criminal Identification.
Each of Utah’s 29 counties are represented by a county attorney and sheriff, with every office maintaining its own prosecutorial and jail data to some extent. While MFJ is unaware of an existing central repository, recently passed legislation highlights the importance of collecting and reporting these data types and is indicative of a shift toward unification. At the municipal level, as of 2008, there are 90 local police departments throughout Utah, each employing at least one full-time officer and collecting its own arrest data to varying degrees.