Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History Glossary of Terms
See Chapter 91 of Title 18, Crimes Code for additional definitions
ACCESS AND REVIEW:
Is a review of an individuals entire Criminal Record Check. It includes
Convictions; as well as all Non-Convictions. Any individual is
permitted to request his or her entire Criminal Record History. Many
times an A&R is requested for Court proceedings by their attorneys,
or for an Expungement, or a partial expungement of the individual’s
record or for a Governor’s Pardon.
CENTRAL REPOSITORY: The central location for the collection, compilation, maintenance and dissemination of criminal history record information.
Criminal History Record Information - Information collected by
criminal justice agencies concerning individuals, and arising from the
initiation of a criminal proceeding, consisting of identifiable
descriptions, dates and notations of arrests, indictments, informations
or other formal criminal charges and any dispositions arising there
from. The term does not include intelligence information, investigative
information or treatment information, including medical and
psychological information, or information and records specified in
section 9104 (relating to scope).
CONTROL NUMBER: A tracking number assigned by PATCH, which identifies a specific request.
Information indicating that criminal proceedings have been concluded,
including information disclosing that police have elected not to refer a
matter for prosecution, that a prosecuting authority has elected not to
commence criminal proceedings or that a grand jury failed to indict and
disclosing the nature of the termination of the proceedings; or
information disclosing that proceedings have been indefinitely postponed
and also disclosing the reason for such postponement. Dispositions of
criminal proceedings in the Commonwealth shall include, but not be
limited to, acquittal, acquittal by reason of insanity, pretrial
probation or diversion, charge dismissed, guilty plea, nolle prosequi,
no information filed, nolo contendere plea, convicted, abatement,
discharge under rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure,
demurrer sustained, pardoned, sentence commuted, mistrial-defendant
discharged, discharge from probation/parole or correctional supervision.
The oral or
written transmission or disclosure of criminal history record
information to individuals or agencies other than the criminal justice
agency which maintains the information.
PASSWORD: The security code provided by PSP that allows you to enter the system.
PATCH: Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History.
PSP: Pennsylvania State Police.
The transaction which allows you to view the progress of a request that
you have already submitted, verify that it has been received and check
on the status of that request.
RAP SHEET: A
form which lists an individual's criminal charges, the court
dispositions of those charges and any court sentences received as a
consequence of those charges within the State of Pennsylvania.
(disabled): The act of supplying the necessary information for
identification, account establishment and billing to the Pennsylvania
State Police for admission to the PATCH System.
REQUEST: Each name typed into the system and submitted for a criminal history record check. (See also submission.)
REQUESTER: The person, agency, organization or business making the request.
R & I : Bureau of Records and Identification in the Pennsylvania State Police.
SUBJECT: The person of whom the request is being made.
SUBMISSION: Each name typed into the system and submitted for a criminal history record check. (See also request.)
The response created when the identifiers submitted match identifiers
in the PSP criminal history database. This does not necessarily mean
that there will be a RECORD response. This request must be reviewed
manually to determine whether it will be a RECORD or a NO RECORD. Only
RECORD responses will be mailed to the requester. NO RECORD responses
must be retrieved by the requester via the PATCH website.
USERCODE: The security code provided by PSP that identifies which individual or agency is entering the system.