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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Rhode Island; General Laws of Rhode Island

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May 1997
This is a 1997 overview of Rhode Island law pertinent to the privacy and security of criminal justice information.

Chapter 1 of criminal procedure under the general laws of Rhode Island covers the identification and apprehension of criminals. Among the sections of this chapter are those that focus on photographs and descriptive information regarding persons convicted, the destruction of records of persons acquitted, and the removal and destruction of records subsequent to conviction for a misdemeanor. Provisions on the expungement of criminal records encompass the motion for expungement (notice, hearing, and criteria for granting the motion) and access to expunged records. Chapter 2 of Title 38 addresses access to public records. Provisions of this chapter encompass the records of public bodies, the costs assessed for access, prohibition of the commercial use of public records, limitations on access, and administrative appeals when access is denied.

Date Published: May 1, 1997