Overview[edit | edit source]
On October 9, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact (Compact) Act of 1998, establishing an infrastructure by which states can exchange criminalrecords for noncriminal justice purposes according to the laws of the requesting state and provide reciprocity among the states to share records without charging each other for the information. The Compact became effective April 28, 1999. To date, 31 states have ratified the Compact.
The goal is to make available the most complete and up-to-date records possible for noncriminal justice purposes.