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Section: Fingerprint records; photographs of juveniles

Statute: 2A:4A-61

2. Fingerprint records; photographs of juveniles. a. Fingerprints of a juvenile may be taken only in the following circumstances: (1) Where latent fingerprints are found during the investigation of an offense and a law enforcement officer has reason to believe that they are those of a juvenile, he may, with the consent of the court or juvenile and his parent or guardian fingerprint the juvenile for the purpose of comparison with the latent fingerprints. Fingerprint records taken pursuant to this paragraph may be retained by the department or agency taking them and shall be destroyed when the purpose for the taking of fingerprints has been fulfilled. (2) Where a juvenile is detained in or committed to an institution, that institution may fingerprint the juvenile for the purpose of identification. Fingerprint records taken pursuant to this paragraph may be retained by the institution taking them and shall be destroyed when the purpose for taking them has been fulfilled, except that if the juvenile was detained or committed as the result of an adjudication of delinquency, the fingerprint records may be retained by the institution. (3) Where a juvenile 14 years of age or older is charged with delinquency on the basis of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime, fingerprint records taken pursuant to this paragraph may be retained by a law enforcement agency for criminal identification purposes. b. No juvenile under the age of 14 shall be photographed for criminal identification purposes without the consent of the court or of the juvenile and his parent or guardian. c. Fingerprints of a juvenile shall be taken if the juvenile is adjudicated delinquent on the basis of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime. d. Fingerprints taken pursuant to subsection c. of this section shall be taken according to the fingerprint system of identification established by the Superintendent of State Police on the forms prescribed and shall be forwarded without delay to the State Bureau of Identification together with such information concerning the juvenile and the adjudication as the superintendent may require. The State Bureau of Identification shall retain records received pursuant to this subsection for the sole purpose of exchange between State or local law enforcement agencies of this State, and law enforcement agencies of another state or the United States. L.1982,c.79,s.2; amended 1994,c.56,s.2.

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