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Cleaning Up Criminal Records: Correcting Inaccurate Criminal Records

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Self-Help Materials

How Do I Clear My Name: A Guide to Help you Correct Your Record if it Contains Crimes You Did Not Commit

A guide to correcting inaccurate criminal records.

Letter Re Settlement on Criminal Records Identity Theft

Outlines a settlement reached with the Michigan State Police regarding inaccurate criminal records on ICHAT.

Correcting Criminal Record Information on Credit Reports

Criminal record information sometimes appears on credit reports. This document provides information on how to obtain and correct your credit report.

Correcting Errors on FBI records

Information about challenging identity history summaries (criminal records) obtained from the FBI. See also FBI record requests for information on getting an FBI record or the Department of Justice Order requiring the FBI to establish procedures for obtaining and challenging personal record.


28 C.F.R. Part 20

Federal regulations governing criminal justice information systems.

28 C.F.R. §20.21

28 C.F.R. §20.21(g) establishes the right to individual access and review for correction of criminal records.
28 C.F.R. §20.21(a)(1) establishes a 90-day period for disposition reporting.
28 C.F.R. §20.21(b)(2) permits dissemination of non-conviction information only if permitted by official policy, such as statute or court rule.

Legal Overviews

Laws Governing Public Criminal Records

A legal overview of public criminal records prepared by Sharon M. Dietrich, Community Legal Services, Inc.

Expanded Use of Criminal Records and Its Impact on Re-entry

Report on the increasing availability of criminal records for non-law enforcement purposes. Prepared by Sharon M. Dietrich, Community Legal Services, Inc.

Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 2002 Overview

An overview of state statutes governing accuracy and dissemination of criminal records. Prepared by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2006

Statistics on criminal histories and records in U.S. jurisdictions. Compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Report of the National Task Force on the Commercial Sale of Criminal Justice Record Information

Report detailing the role that commercial background screening companies play in the collection, maintenance, sale, and dissemination of criminal records. Prepared by SEARCH and The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics.

Other pages in this section: Obtaining Criminal Records - Expungement - Removing Arrest Information That Did Not Result in Conviction - Deferrals and Dismissals for Specified Offenses - Pardons - Getting Damages for Inaccurate Records- Juvenile Records

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