OVERSIGHT AND REPORTING
The Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, with advice from the council and the Department of Information Resources, shall develop biennial plans to improve the reporting and accuracy of the criminal justice information system and develop and maintain monitoring systems capable of identifying missing information.
EXAMINATION OF RECORDS AND OPERATIONS.
At least once during each five-year period, the council shall coordinate an examination of the records and operations of the criminal justice information system to ensure:
– the accuracy and completeness of information in the system; and
– the promptness of information reporting.
The state auditor or other appropriate entity selected by the council shall conduct the examination with the cooperation of the council, the Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
– The council, the Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice may examine the records of the agencies required to report information to the Department of Public Safety or the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
– The examining entity shall submit to the legislature and the council a report that summarizes the findings of each examination and contains recommendations for improving the criminal justice information system.
– Not later than the first anniversary of the date the examining entity submits a report, the Department of Public Safety shall report to the Legislative Budget Board, the governor, and the council the department’s progress in implementing the examining entity’s recommendations, including the reason for not implementing any recommendation.
– Each year following the submission of the report, the Department of Public Safety shall submit a similar report until each of the examining entity’s recommendations is implemented.
MONITORING AND REPORTING DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. The Department of Public Safety shall:
– monitor the submission of arrest and disposition information by local jurisdictions;
– annually submit to the Legislative Budget Board, the governor, the lieutenant governor, the state auditor, and the standing committees in the senate and house of representatives with primary jurisdiction over criminal justice and the department a report regarding the level of reporting by local jurisdictions;
– identify local jurisdictions that do not report arrest or disposition information or that partially report information;
– for use in determining the status of outstanding dispositions, published monthly on the department’s Internet website or in another electronic publication a report listing by local jurisdiction each arrest for which there is no corresponding final court disposition.
The report must contain a disposition completeness percentage for each county in this state. For purposes of this subsection, “disposition completeness percentage” means the percentage of arrest charges a county reports to the Department of Public Safety, to be entered in the computerized criminal history system under this chapter, that was brought against a person in the county and for which a disposition has been subsequently reported and entered in the computerized criminal history system.
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