The CHRARP furthers BJS's mission to produce accurate and timely criminal history and recidivism statistics. BJS collects the national criminal history data to support the CHRARP from the FBI and state repositories. Through a competitive solicitation in 2019, NORC was selected as the data processing agent for the 2020 CHRARP. NORC has developed computer programs and crosswalk tables to efficiently convert the federal and state-specific text fields in the criminal history data into standardized datasets and research extracts with a uniform numeric coding structure that supports statistical analysis.
NORC completed the data processing tasks for the first study under the 2020 CHRARP in 2021. NORC is currently working with BJS to develop a multivariate analysis on the recidivism persons released from prison and assist with the model estimations and interpretations. Supplemental funding under this award will allow NORC to process the criminal history data for an additional study.