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Criminal records accessible to public on CCAP Web site

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Criminal records accessible to public on CCAP Web site
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Finding someone's criminal record in Wisconsin is just a click away for anyone with a computer, thanks to the state's Consolidated Court Access Programs Web site.

The online database of court records allows anyone to search for a person by name, and view any criminal or civil charges that have been brought against them.

Legal Action of Wisconsin attorney Bob Anderson says that's a major concern, because the system also lists cases where a conviction was never reached.

So, he says, many people can see a charge on someone's record and assume the worst.

Anderson says CCAP also only lists the basic details of a case, making it hard for someone to figure out exactly what may have happened.

Anderson supports a legislative proposal to restrict access to CCAP and to limit who can see cases that did not result in a conviction.