Tag Archives: Criminal Databases

Ohio Paying Nearly $11 Million to Replace Criminal Background Check System

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a $10.8 million contract using money allocated by lawmakers in the state capital budget to replace the state’s “broken” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

New Study Reveals Inaccuracies in State Criminal Record Repositories

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study entitled ‘New Facts About the Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories’ released in June of 2016 by BRB Publications, Inc. reveals inaccuracies in state criminal record repositories, as well as the three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of state criminal record repositories could be suspect. The three reasons are: Continue reading

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

Chattanooga Police Dealing with Backlog of 23,000 Expunged Criminal Records that Could Affect Background Checks and Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Chattanooga, Tennessee Police Department is working to process a backlog of at least 23,000 orders for expunged criminal files, where a legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is sealed and erased in the eyes of the law, which could affect the hiring of job seekers with criminal records that undergo background checks, according to a report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Continue reading

Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Performance Audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office – “Improving the Completeness of Washington’s Criminal History Records Database” – has found that a third of the dispositions reported in the Judicial Information System (JIS) in 2012 were missing from the Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The audit report is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/WA-Criminal-History-Records.pdf. Continue reading

Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An audit by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that some Ohio courts are failing to follow a state law requiring them to report criminal convictions to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) resulting in “a technologically unreliable” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Expunged criminal records of job and housing applicants removed from government databases are still appearing in some background checks performed by private screening companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. However, a background check expert says these expunged records should not appear if the information is verified at the primary source. Continue reading

California Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mug Shot Shakedowns

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation – Senate Bill 1027 (SB 1027) – that amends the California Civil Code to prohibit websites from posting arrest mug shots and then charging a fee to remove the photos. The complete text of SB 1027 – which takes effect on January 1, 2015 – is available here: California SB 1027. Continue reading

Ride-Sharing Firm Expands Criminal Background Checks after Gaps Found

Written By Thomas Ahearn

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has revealed that one of the largest ride-sharing providers in the country missed the felony conviction of one of its drivers, a discovery that has led to the expansion of the company’s background check process. The full report is available at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-rideshare-background-checks-met-20140214,0,3099755.story. Continue reading

Use of Commercial Criminal Databases Becoming More Controversial as Employers Face More Risk when Screening

The use of commercial criminal databases and cheap “do it yourself” background check web sites will be the focus of increased scrutiny and controversy in 2014 as employers face more risk when screening job applicants as the demand for accuracy in background check reports rises. This is Trend Number Three of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading