Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:575

  • criminal justice information system: means all agencies, procedures, mechanisms, media, and forms as well as the information itself which are or become involved in the origination, collection, transmittal, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information related to offenses or offenders in Louisiana. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:576
  • criminal justice system: means that body of agencies at the federal, state, or local level, which may legally arrest, detain, prosecute, adjudicate, treat, supervise, rehabilitate or release, or collect, store, process, transmit, or disseminate criminal history record or crime information. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:576

The legislature hereby finds and declares that:

(1)  The improvement of public safety and sound law enforcement and administration of criminal justice requires the complete and timely collection, processing, and dissemination of available information on crime, offenders, and the operations of the criminal justice system through a centralized system.  

(2)  It is in the public interest that to the greatest extent possible, government agencies at all levels concerned with the detection, apprehension, prosecution, sentencing, confinement, and rehabilitation of criminal offenders share among themselves available information relating to such offenders.  

(3)  Available computer and communications technology now enables the coordination, collection, storage, and dissemination of relevant information heretofore dispersed in separate files throughout the state.  

(4)  The reduction of crime, the protection of citizens and enforcement officers, and the need to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system mandates the development and operation of a computer-based criminal justice information system in Louisiana.  

Acts 1981, No. 449, §1, eff. July 1, 1981.