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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Washington

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

The Washington State Sentencing Reform Act of 1981 specifies conditions under which an offender's record of conviction may be vacated. The Washington State Criminal Records Privacy Act requires that all information disseminated under the law be as complete and accurate as possible at the time of the dissemination. The law provides that criminal history record information that includes non-conviction 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. Other occasions for criminal justice data dissemination are for authorized research and to provide services related to the administration of criminal justice. The Washington State Criminal Justice Information Act provides a system of reporting and disseminating felony criminal justice information. Provisions specify the conditions and procedures for background checks pertinent to certain employment and licensing.

Date Published: May 1, 1997