Criminal Records Database Search
ESR offers a comprehensive multi-state/multi-jurisdiction criminal records database search, commonly and incorrectly referred to by some in the industry as a “national criminal records search.” Although the information is sourced from public records information from all 50 states, the depth and breadth varies widely. Information from state A might be comprehensive and relatively up to date while information from state B may only include state prison incarceration records representing a small subset of total convictions. There are issues of timeliness to consider as well with some information only being updated on a quarterly or semiannual basis.
Because of the nature of these non-governmental aggregated databases, the appearance of a person's name on a database is not an indication the person is criminal any more than the absence of a name shows they are not – a lack of a match is not the same as a person being "cleared." ESR verifies potentially relevant matches by reviewing the actual court records before including them in a background check report. Failure to do so is a violation of the FCRA. The advantage of these searches is that they cover a much larger geographical area than traditional county-level searches and are appropriately used as an additional layer of due diligence to locate criminal records that may relate to the subject. However, they should never be used on a standalone basis.
ESR Multi-State/Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is pleased to offer the most comprehensive Multi-State/Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search currently available. The advantage of these searches is that they cover a much larger geographical area than traditional county-level searches.
- ESR Multi-State Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search - Alabama to Illinois
- ESR Multi-State Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search - Illinois (Continued) to Ohio
- ESR Multi-State Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search - Ohio (Continued) to Wyoming
Report on "National" Criminal History Databases
A November 2002 report by Carl R. Ernst and ESR Founder and CEO Les Rosen.
Responsible Use of Criminal Records Databases
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a member of Concerned CRAs, a group of like-minded Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) with more than 200 members dedicated to consumer protection. CRAs that participate in Concerned CRAs pledge to verify the accuracy of information provided and avoid offshoring the personal information of Americans.
Members of Concerned CRAs believe that criminal records databases are valuable sources of information if used in a responsible manner and have certified that their practices conform to the Concerned CRAs guidelines:
When using criminal records in databases in the context of employment-related screening, exclusive of the screening of volunteers, tenants, and other non-employment relationships:
- 1. Criminal records databases compiled by non-government entities will only be used as indicators of possible records. Prior to making any report to an employer about a criminal record from a database, the CRA will verify the information directly with the reporting jurisdiction. This ensures that employers make decisions based on accurate and up-to-date information.
- 2. Current or prospective employer clients will be provided information about the limited nature of criminal records databases and the importance of researching each applicant’s criminal history in the jurisdictions in which the applicant currently or previously has lived or worked.
ESR never uses databases as a primary source of information. To learn more, visit http://www.concernedcras.com/.
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