Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS)

Major Monty Coats




SLED Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) serves as the central state criminal justice information repository—collecting, processing, storing, and disseminating crime data and criminal identification and record information—assisting with crime prevention and the administration of criminal justice by providing accurate and timely information to local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, civil governmental agencies, and the public as authorized by law and regulation.

Choose from the following:
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
Agency Coordinator Unit (ACU)
Computerized Criminal History (CCH)
Disposition Research Unit (DRU)
Expungements
Public Dissemination
Sex Offender Registry (SOR)
South Carolina Incident-Based reporting system (SCIBRS)
South Carolina Information Exchange (SCIEx)
National Crime Information Center (NCIC)


Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)


Goal: To collect and analyze fingerprints, palm prints, and mugshots collected at booking to make reliable identification and return criminal history record information for criminal and non-criminal justice purposes.

  • Processed 191,364 criminal fingerprint cards in 2019, adding 278,283 arrest charges to criminal histories.
  • Performs fingerprint-based background checks for employment and licensing purposes, vetting 123,958 people in 2019 for positions of trust including teachers, nurses, police officers, and concealed weapon permit holders.
  • Collected 188,553 mugshots and 1,045,762 palm prints in 2019 that are now available to assist law enforcement agencies with investigations and identification.





Agency Coordinator Unit (ACU)


Goal: To assist criminal justice agencies across the state in vetting their CJIS vendors and connecting to SLED CJIS systems.

  • Created in 2017 to assist criminal justice agencies in ensuring their CJIS vendors are compliant with FBI CJIS Security Policy.
  • Gathered documentation and performed fingerprint-based background checks for 1,259 employees from 123 companies in 2019 for criminal justice agencies across the state.
  • Maintains vetting documentation for 3,938 vendor employees, saving criminal justice agencies from conducting redundant background screenings.
  • Began examining current vendor screening, testing, and certification processes in an effort to further formalize current procedures and make changes so connection and approval are quicker and more efficient.





Computerized Criminal History (CCH)


Goal: To provide a complete criminal history for background checks by collecting and entering the court disposition of criminal cases, matching with the corresponding arrest information.

  • Manually entered 34,597 dispositions to the criminal record in 2019, making them available in background checks for employment, licensing, and criminal justice purposes.
  • Reviewed and researched errors for 199,149 dispositions entered via automated processes in 2019.
  • Sets gun flags on the state repository and the national system, flagging over 330,000 people as prohibited by state and/or federal law from possessing a firearm.
  • Added or corrected the names, aliases, dates of birth, and other identifying information on 223 individuals in 2019, making them easier to find in a name-based background check, including the online Citizens Access to Criminal Histories (CATCH) and firearm transactions conducted by FBI NICS.





Disposition Research Unit (DRU)


Goal: To research missing court dispositions, enter into the state criminal history repository, and complete the criminal record.

  • Created in May 2018 to find and enter the 3.6 million arrests missing final dispositions on the criminal history.
  • Researched and responded to 394 requests for information on arrests and dispositions from FBI NICS and other states to assist in making determinations in firearm sales in 2019.
  • In February 2019, the DRU began researching 72,569 pseudopointers—person records currently managed by the FBI with South Carolina arrests. Throughout the rest of the year, 32,205 of the records were researched to determine whether the state version of the record is complete enough to take over management from the FBI.
  • In April 2019, the DRU received a list of 178,571 felony arrest charges from 2008—2017 missing final dispositions on the criminal history. In the first nine months of this project, 9,045 felony arrest charges have been researched with 82% resolved by adding a final disposition to the record.





Expungements


 Goal: Process court-ordered expungements of arrest and disposition information to provide an accurate criminal history record.

  • Received and researched 13,391 orders from General Sessions and 93,983 orders from Summary courts, sealing 61,975 arrest charges and their dispositions in 2019.
  • Processed and added 490 pardons to the criminal history in 2019, removing any relevant gun flags from the record.
  • Pulled criminal histories for 3,636 applications for DNA expungement in 2019, reviewing for pending charges or convictions that disqualify the application for sample expungement.



Expungement FAQ


SLED does not begin the expungement process nor has the authority to remove a charge without a Court Order for Destruction of Arrest Records. You will need to apply with the solicitor's office in the county where the arrest charge(s) took place. If the charge was dismissed in a Magistrate or Municipal court, you will need to directly contact that court to receive an expungement.

Due to the volume of correspondence, we do not send out confirmation of expungement. Please allow SLED four weeks from receipt of the expungement order to remove the charge. After the allotted time, you may purchase a SLED criminal records check through the SLED website at https://catch.sled.sc.gov/ or through mail for confirmation.

Mail the certified true copy of the expungement order along with your recently purchased background check and a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to SLED Expungement Department P.O Box 21398 Columbia, SC 29221. We will expunge the charge and send an updated records check in the provided envelope, if the original records check was purchased within the last thirty days. You may also contact the court that issued the expungement order.

Request expedition with the Solicitor's office or court that is issuing the expungement.

SLED only holds records from the state criminal history repository. We do not have access to any third-party background checks or records. You will have to dispute any errors with the company that is providing that information.

Please contact us.




Public Dissemination


Goal: To provide name-based criminal history background checks to the public.

  • Reviewed, logged, and processed 47,774 record requests and 62,384 applications for concealed weapon permits and security guard and private investigator licenses received by mail in 2019, an average 444 requests and applications each workday.
  • Answered 18,176 phone calls in 2019, providing guidance and support to the public for the 553,045 background checks conducted online through SLED CATCH by troubleshooting and processing refunds and special processing requests.





Sex Offender Registry (SOR)


Goal: To maintain the state sex offender registry and assist local agencies in properly registering offenders in their jurisdictions.

  • Maintains the SORT system with 10,793 actively registering sex offenders in 2019.
  • Trains and audits the 50 agencies that register and enter sex offenders into SORT.
  • Responds to phone calls and emails from concerned members of the public, out-of-state counterparts, and local agencies requesting guidance or assistance regarding compliance with state laws, FBI policies, and SORNA guidelines.





South Carolina Incident-Based reporting system (SCIBRS)


Goal: To collect detailed data on every criminal incident to provide publically available crime statistics for use by law enforcement administration, policymakers and legislators, academics, journalists, and the public at large.

  • Collected in-depth information on 318,981 criminal incidents and 145,697 arrests that took place in 2019.
  • Prepared and released 6 annual Crime in South Carolina publications in 3.5 years, becoming current with public releases of crime statistics throughout the state.
  • Averages an 84% complete participation rate among law enforcement agencies across the state—submitting a full 12 months of data for a year.
  • In January 2019, began official participation in the FBI’s National Use of Force Data Collection, with 50 participating agencies from city, county, and state law enforcement across the state.





South Carolina Information Exchange (SCIEx)


Goal: To provide an online repository of law enforcement records, including incident reports and case files, for sharing, searching, linking, and analyzing crime information across jurisdictional boundaries to aid in investigations.

  • Upgraded in September 2018 to improve searching capabilities for local law enforcement users.
  • Over 250 agencies have submitted almost 16.5 million records, assisting over 500 law enforcement users with intelligence and investigations.
  • Automatically replicates submitted records to the National Data Exchange (N-DEx)—a national repository of criminal justice records used by law enforcement agencies across the nation—which was recently approved as a secondary source for FBI NICS when determining whether an individual is eligible to purchase a firearm.





National Crime Information Center (NCIC)


Goal: To administer the use of and entry into the NCIC files, an electronic clearinghouse of crime data used by law enforcement to perform their duties, including apprehending fugitives, locating missing persons, and recovering stolen property.

  • Audited 205 criminal justice agencies and 12 civil fingerprint agencies in 2019—including law enforcement agencies, detention centers, solicitor’s offices, and courts—ensuring timely, accurate, and complete entry and authorized use.
  • Manages the NCIC training curricula for the state by creating, maintaining, and updating lesson plans for 8 different classes and training users across the state: a total 171 class sessions for 1,150 personnel in 2019.
  • Responded to 10,638 phone calls and 23,597 emails from local agencies requesting assistance, processing 4,155 tickets in SLED’s internal technical request tracking system.





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