Criminal justice information is public information in Florida. Bulk or compiled records may be obtained under agency's public record discretion or agreement for research purposes.
This bill was aimed at promoting criminal justice data transparency across the state of Florida. As such, the intent of the legislature was to create a model of uniform criminal justice data collection process which required local and state criminal justice agencies to collect, report and maintain various data points (e.g., defendant name, address, zip code, date of alleged offense, offense type, dates whereupon criminal prosecution formally initiated through filing, time served in custody, fees and fines, bail, etc). This bill thereby required data be transmitted to the Department of Law Enforcement and made publicly accessible by the department.
This bill established eligibility for expungement of criminal cases (i.e acquittals, not guilty verdicts, dismissals). Additionally, this bill revised procedures pertaining to the application for expungement and the issuance of a certificate of eligibility for expunction by the Department of Law Enforcement.