Chapter 193 of Title 25 (legislation that pertains to internal security and public safety) contains provisions for records management by the State Bureau of Identification. These include the duty to take fingerprints, palm prints, footprints, and photographs. Subchapter VIII of Title 16 is the Criminal History Record Information Act. It pertains to the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of criminal history information. The law permits disclosing to the public criminal history record information related to an offense for which a person is currently within the criminal justice system. It also allows confirmation of prior criminal history record information to the public in response to a specific inquiry. Non-conviction data may be disseminated only to criminal justice agencies, under express authorization, under specific agreements, and for research activities. There is also a limitation on the dissemination of intelligence and investigative information. The law on internal security and safety provides that except as otherwise provided by statute, every person shall have the right to inspect and copy any public record. Appeals can be made if access to records is denied. Another chapter contains provisions on public records and proceedings.
Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Maine; Title 25 Internal Security and Public Safety
This is a 1997 overview of Maine law pertinent to the privacy and security of criminal justice information.
Date Published: May 1, 1997