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§ 945. Central bureau of criminal identification. There is hereby established in the division of criminal identification, records and statistics of the department of correction at Albany a central bureau of criminal identification, records and statisties in which shall be kept systematically on file, in accordance with the latest methods, complete finger-print records and photographs of persons charged with or convicted of crime. The nucleus of such records shall be the records now on file in the department of correction, which shall be added to by the reports of police and peace officers as provided for in this act. In addition to such finger-print records, the commissioner of correction may keep such other information with reference to criminals and their records and methods of work as may seem to him desirable to accomplish the ends sought by this act. The commissioner of correction shall determine the form of such records which, so far as may be practicable, shall coincide with those of the bureau of criminal identification of the United States department of justice, in order to permit easy interchange of records throughout the nation.

§ 945-a. Old records to be consolidated. As rapidly as his appropriations and his work will permit, the commissioner of correction shall transfer from the various state prisons, penitentiaries, reformatories and other penal institutions of the state the individual records of the criminal histories of persons now and heretofore confined in such prisons, penitentiaries, reformatories and institutions, and shall consolidate them in the central bureau of criminal identification at Albany. It shall be the duty of the heads of all such institutions upon request of the commissioner of correc tion to transmit to him such individual records and individual case histories of persons so confined. There shall, however, be maintained at all such institutions during the time that prisoners are therein confined complete individual case histories of each prisoner so confined.

§ 946. Records at Washington and New York city. The commissioner of correction shall, as soon as practicable, have all existing criminal records in the department of correction compared with similar criminal records on file in the police department of the city of New York and with similar criminal records on file in the bureau of criminal identification of the United States department of justice at Washington, and any information that is on file in either of such places shall be added to his records, to the end that such records shall be made as complete as possible. In order to accomplish the bringing up to date of these old files the commissioner of correction is authorized to contract with any firms, individuals or corporations for the rewriting of such records on new forms, the furnishing of such forms and the general re-establishment and consolidation of such old files, in order that the current work of the department may be kept up to date, and these old files brought into current use at the earliest possible moment. § 946-a. Interchange of records. Upon request, the commissioner of correction shall promptly furnish from the records on file in

his department full information as to the criminal history of any person, to the chief of police of any city, town or village either within or without the state and to all public officials having a legitimate interest therein. The commissioner may adopt regulations with regard thereto. All individual records on file in the central bureau of criminal records shall be kept safely locked up when such bureau is not open.

§ 947. Statistics. The division of criminal identification, records and statistics of the department of correction shall prepare annually reports of criminal statistics giving the statistics of crime and criminals in the state for each year. Such reports shall be a true and accurate picture, so far as is possible, of the crime situation in the state. They shall set forth the number and nature of all crimes reported or known to the police, of persons arrested, of persons granted bail and denied bail, of persons tried by the criminal courts and the action taken with relation thereto. Of persons convicted such reports shall show the sex, age, nativity, occupation, marital state, whether native born or alien, degree of education, religious instruction, whether of temperate or intemperate habits, whether previously convicted of any crime and the number of such convictions, and for what crimes convicted, whether a dweller in a city or in the rural districts and whether parents are living or dead. Of persons convicted, such reports shall also show the number convicted by trial and on a plea of guilty, the number in which counsel was assigned by the court, the number in which a mental examination was had, the number fined, the number in which sentence was suspended, the number in which an appeal was taken and the result of such appeals. Such reports shall also show the number and nature of persons placed on probation, of persons whose probation is revoked, of persons committed to and released from state, county and local prisons and other penal institutions, of persons committed to and released from reformatory institutions, of persons released on parole or whose sentence is commuted, and the unexpired period of such sentence, of persons pardoned by the governor, and such other information of statistical value as the commissioner of correction shall determine. For purpose of these reports crimes shall be broadly classified as offenses against the person, offenses against property with violence, offenses against property without violence, and shall be further classified in such ways as may be appropriate to present the full facts about crime.

8948. Commissioner of correction to report to legislature. The commissioner of correction shall on or before February fifteenth in each year transmit to the legislature the report of crime and criminals for the preceding calendar year provided for in section nine hundred and forty. Such report shall be in printed form and a sufficient number of copies shall be printed by the commissioner of correction to enable him to send a copy to all public officials in the state dealing with criminals, as well as to make a general distribution of it in channels where it will add to the public enlightenment.

In effect July 1, 1928.

§ 948-a. Further reports on crime. It shall be the duty of the head of the division of criminal identification, records and statistics to study constantly from the records in his charge and from other available sources the facts about crime and, from time to time, to make special reports at the request of the commissioner of correc tion on various aspects of the subject to the commissioner of correction with charts, graphs, maps, diagrams and illustrative material which may be included in the annual report or published from time to time in the discretion of the commissioner of correc tion.

§ 949. Officers to furnish information. It is hereby made the duty of every clerk of every criminal court, both of courts of record and otherwise, including magistrates' courts and justices' courts, or if there be no clerk, of every judge or justice of such court, and of every district attorney, and every head of every department, bureau and institution, state, county and local, dealing with criminals, and of every other officer or person whose duties make him the appropriate officer, to transmit, not later than the fifteenth day of each calendar month, to the commissioner of correction such information as may be necessary to enable him to comply with the provisions of section nine hundred and forty-seven. Such reports shall be made upon forms which shall be supplied by the commissioner of correction. For every neglect to comply with the requirements of this section, the person responsible shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. § 4. This act shall take effect July first, nineteen hundred and twenty-eight.

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