Circuit Clerk: Craighead County juvenile records need to be destroyed

Circuit Clerk: Craighead County juvenile records need to be destroyed
(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Five decades worth of juvenile court records from Craighead County will soon be destroyed.

According to Talk Business and Politics, Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards spoke to Craighead County justices about the issue Monday night.

Edwards said employees in her office were doing training recently for a computer system when they were informed about the Arkansas Code Annotated 9-27-309.

Under that law, all juvenile records must be destroyed within a certain time period.

The criminal records for a juvenile charged as a juvenile must be destroyed when the juvenile turns 21, while records of a juvenile charged as an adult must be destroyed 10 years after they turn 21 or plead guilty to the charge.

According to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, most juvenile records are closed to the public.

Edwards told justices that could involve destroying "thousands of records."

She said the county's computer system may have as many as 700 juvenile records on file since 2012.

Edwards is currently talking to other counties to find out how they get rid of their files.

It appears that Craighead County did not destroy any juvenile documents before January 2015.

Edwards said she expects to have a solution to the issue before the court's next meeting on Sept. 8.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android