10% Of Maine Criminal Records In State Database

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Only 10 percent of Maine's criminal records are entered into the state's computer database, reports the Portland (Me.) Press-Herald. The gap keeps judges in the dark about some defendants' criminal backgrounds when their cases go to court. The backlog in getting criminal records on the state's 2-year-old database may represent a danger, especially to domestic violence victims, because domestic homicides account for nearly half of Maine's murders. A study by the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram says about 405,000 criminal records remain on paper . . .

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