PA 09-26—SB 673

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEM

SUMMARY: This act gives the Office of the Federal Public Defender access to shared criminal history information stored electronically in the state's Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS). As with the state Division of Public Defender Services, access is limited to (1) conviction information; (2) information that is otherwise available to the public; and (3) information, including nonconviction information, concerning a client it is representing at the time of the request.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Criminal Justice Information System

The CJIS is an electronic offender-based tracking system to which criminal justice agencies have full access and public defenders have limited access. The database contains offender and case data on felonies, misdemeanors, violations, motor vehicle violations, motor vehicle offenses that carry potential jail sentences, and infractions.

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