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DNA Forensics: Expanding Uses and Information Sharing Examines the history and economics of DNA use and reviews privacy concerns regarding the release of an individual's genetic information.
  PDF (2014K)

Improving Access to and Integrity of Criminal History Record Examines the problem of missing dispositions in State criminal history records and the availability of State records to support the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
  PDF (1.4M) | ASCII file (146K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 17K) | To order paper version

Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 2002 Overview Overview of State legislation governing the privacy, security, maintenance, and dissemination of criminal history records.
  PDF (335K) | ASCII file (40K)
Part of the Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation Series

Use and Management of Criminal History Record Information: A Comprehensive Report, 2001 Update Contains a comprehensive description of all aspects of the Federal and State criminal history record information (CHRI) systems.
  PDF (2M) | ASCII file (313K) | ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 76K) | To order paper version
Part of the Use of Management of Criminal History Record Information Series

Report of the National Task Force on Privacy, Technology and Criminal Justice Information Reports on the findings and recommendations of a BJS/SEARCH supported Task Force on Privacy, Technology and Criminal Justice Information.
  PDF (546K) | ASCII file (408K)

Public Attitudes Toward Uses of Criminal History Information Presents the results of the first national survey of public attitudes towards use of criminal history information for a variety of purposes.
  PDF (172K) | ASCII file (84K)

Report of the National Task Force on Federal Legislation Imposing Reporting Requirements and Expectations on the Criminal Justice System Describes the findings and recommendations of the Task Force which was sponsored by BJS and SEARCH. The report recommends greater involvement of the courts in the development of data systems and that greater consideration be given to the demands which implementing new legislative strategies impose on the judiciary system.
  PDF (352K) | ASCII file (17K)

Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1999 Overview This report references and classifies State legislation on privacy and security of State criminal history record information.
  PDF (541K) | ASCII file (108K) | Summary of State statutes and regulations by classification category (Spreadsheet 55K)
Part of the Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation Series

Continuing Criminal History Records Improvement Evaluation: Final 1994-98 Report Describes the results of an ongoing evaluation of State activity relating to improvement of criminal records.
  Full Report (PDF 1.3M) | Full Report (ASCII file 278K) | Full Report - Zip format (Spreadsheet 340K) | Highlights (PDF 194K) | Highlights (ASCII file 52K)

National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact: Resource Materials Presents a section-by-section analysis of procedures for interstate exchange of criminal history records for noncriminal justice purposes such as background checks on persons seeking positions of responsibility involving national security, employment with children or the elderly.
  PDF (211K) | ASCII file (85K) | To order paper version