Section 1 provides an overview of State criminal history record laws and an analysis of State requirements relating to data quality and noncriminal justice access and use. Section 2 defines the 28 subject categories into which the laws and regulations are classified in the compendium tables. Section 3 presents summary tables that show trends and developments in criminal justice information law and policy by classification category. Section 4 provides summary tables by State, along with a listing of the titles of the State codes from which the citations were extracted. All of the tables in Sections 3 and 4 supply complete citations to the official State codes or other State compilations where the full text of the law and regulations may be found. The compendium was compiled through library research in State codes and a survey of State officials responsible for criminal records programs and policy.