Fix NICS Act of 2017 Aims to Ensure Accuracy of National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2017, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) – on behalf of a bipartisan group of Senators – introduced the “Fix NICS Act of 2017” to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal …

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

  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.

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New Study Reveals Inaccuracies in State Criminal Record Repositories

  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 …

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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions

  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). …

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Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable

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 …

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Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily

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 …

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California Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mug Shot Shakedowns

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 …

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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.

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