Understanding Juvenile Fingerprinting
In New York State:

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1996 Changes to New York State Laws Governing Juvenile Fingerprinting and Record Use

  1. Several procedural changes accompany the 1996 amendments to State laws governing juvenile fingerprinting and record use.
  2. The fingerprints must be immediately forwarded to the State's central repository for fingerprints --DCJS.
  3. DCJS must provide the arresting agency with information on any pending arrests and prior juvenile delinquency adjudications for the fingerprinted juvenile.
  4. Copies of the rap sheet must be shared with other appropriate agencies.
  5. Outside New York City, the agency terminating the processing of a case in which fingerprints have been taken must record the case disposition on the fingerprint card stub and forward it to DCJS.
  6. DCJS must destroy a juvenile arrest record when the case outcome is favorable to the respondent or when the most serious adjudication charge is not among those specified for record retention.
  7. The permanent retention status of adjudication records is usually determined when a youth reaches 21 years of age.
  8. It is important that local agencies make every effort to comply with their mandated reporting responsibilities.

Chapter 645 of the Laws of 1996