The conference welcome, opening remarks, and keynote address introduce the issues in the debate on open versus confidential criminal justice records. The central focus of the keynote address is the National Crime Information Center, its integrity and use. Presentations under the topic "Setting the Scene" provide legal and policy analyses of the public availability of criminal history records as well as a discussion of the demand for criminal history records by noncriminal justice agencies. Presentations that address "Forces for Change" discuss the private employer and criminal history records, media access to criminal history records, and access to juvenile justice records. Presentations on "Implications of Change" cover a social science perspective on open records, open records and civil liberties, a public policy perspective on open records, and the implication of open criminal records.