The Criminal Records Accuracy Drafting Committee concluded its final in-person meeting in preparation for the act’s second reading at the ULC annual meeting in San Diego. The act requires criminal justice agencies to use biometric information to accurately identify individuals, maintain accurate records, report dispositions of arrests and charges, and provides remedies by which an individual can seek correction of their criminal history record. By complying with the requirement that they report the disposition of arrests and dispositions of cases, criminal justice agencies will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, a major cause of inaccurate criminal records. It also provides an important measure to guard against mistaken arrests by creating a mistaken identity registry. Persons whose name or identifying characteristics are similar to that of a person who has a criminal history record may apply to have their names included in the mistaken identity registry and receive a document which they can use to demonstrate that they are not the person with a criminal history record.
Robert J. Tennessen, Chair
Drafting Committee on Criminal Records Accuracy