Criminal Records Accuracy


There have been many developments concerning criminal records over the past twenty years, including the creation of the National Criminal Background Check System in 1993, the establishment of criminal history repositories in all states, and the increasing use of criminal record checks in connection with eligibility for employment, professional and occupational licenses, credit worthiness, and other non-criminal justice purposes. Recent studies have demonstrated that criminal records that are accessed for these purposes may be inaccurate or incomplete. Some of the causes of inaccuracy or incompleteness are: lack of information on dispositions after an arrest or other charge has been entered in a database; data entry errors resulting, e.g., in an incorrect listing of the offense, or multiple listings of the same offense, or attribution of an offense to a wrong individual; criminal identity theft (when an arrested person gives another person’s identifying information); and searches for criminal record information resulting in one person’s criminal record information appearing in search results initiated for a different individual. This drafting committee will draft an act that seeks to improve the accuracy of criminal records.

Committee Members

Robert J. Tennessen Chair
W. Michael Dunn Member
Mark F. Glaser Member
Eric Hougland Member
James C. Kennedy Member
H. Lane Kneedler Member
Theodore C. Kramer Member
John J. McAvoy Member
Louise M. Nadeau Member
Anne Hartnett Reigle Member
Jacob T. Rodenbiker Member
Michael S. Schwoyer Member
Brandon C. Shaffer Member
Samuel A. Thumma Member
Russell G. Walker Member
Cam Ward Division F Chair Member
Steven L. Chanenson Reporter
Jordan M. Hyatt Associate Reporter
Steve Saltzburg ABA Advisor
Michael Aisenberg ABA Section Advisor
Stephanie Domitrovich ABA Section Advisor
Liza Karsai Executive Director
Katie Robinson Staff Liaison