2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:548 - Dissemination policy

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:548 (2018)

§548. Dissemination policy

A. Conviction records may be disseminated without restriction.

B. Any criminal history record information which pertains to an incident for which a person is currently being processed by the criminal justice system, including the entire period of correctional supervision extending through final discharge from parole, when applicable, may be disseminated without restriction.

C. Criminal history record information which includes nonconviction data may be disseminated by a criminal justice agency to another criminal justice agency for any purpose associated with the administration of criminal justice, or in connection with the employment of the subject of the record by a criminal justice or juvenile justice agency. A criminal justice agency may respond to any inquiry from another criminal justice agency without any obligation to ascertain the purpose for which the information is to be used by the agency making the inquiry.

D. Criminal history record information which includes nonconviction data may be disseminated by a criminal justice agency to implement a statute, ordinance, executive order, or a court rule, decision, or order which expressly refers to records of arrest, charges, or allegations of criminal conduct or other nonconviction data and authorizes or directs that it be available or accessible for a specific purpose.

E. Criminal history record information which includes nonconviction data may be disseminated to individuals and agencies pursuant to a contract with a criminal justice agency to provide services related to the administration of criminal justice. Such contract must specifically authorize access to criminal history record information, but need not specifically state that access to nonconviction data is included. The agreement must limit the use of the criminal history record information to stated purposes and insure the confidentiality and security of the information consistent with state law and any applicable federal statutes and regulations.

F. Criminal history record information which includes nonconviction data may be disseminated to individuals and agencies for the express purpose of research, evaluative, or statistical activities pursuant to an agreement with a criminal justice agency. Such agreement must authorize the access to nonconviction data, limit the use of that information which identifies specific individuals to research, evaluative, or statistical purposes, and contain provisions giving notice to the person or organization to which the records are disseminated that the use of information obtained therefrom and further dissemination of such information are subject to this Chapter and applicable federal statutes and regulations, which shall be cited with express reference to the penalties provided for a violation thereof.

G.(1) Every criminal justice agency that maintains and disseminates criminal history record information shall maintain information pertaining to each dissemination of criminal history record information, except a dissemination to the effect that the agency has no record concerning an individual. Information pertaining to disseminations shall include:

(a) An indication as to which agency or person to whom the criminal history record information was disseminated.

(b) The date on which the information was disseminated.

(c) The individual to whom the information relates.

(d) A brief description of the information disseminated.

(2) The information pertaining to dissemination required to be maintained shall be retained for a period of not less than one year.

H. In addition to the other provisions in this Chapter allowing dissemination of criminal history record information, R.S. 15:546 governs dissemination of information concerning any offender who commits a sex offense or criminal offense against a victim who is a minor, or who has been determined to be a sexually violent predator. Criminal justice agencies, their employees, and officials shall be immune from civil liability for dissemination of criminal history record information concerning sex offenders, sexually violent predators, or child predators as provided in this Chapter.

Acts 1992, No. 388, §1, eff. June 18, 1992; Acts 1997, No. 1147, §1, eff. July 14, 1997.

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