Judge Faults U.S. Air Force for Failing to Use FBI Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge has found the United States Air Force mostly responsible for a 2017 mass shooting that killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, because it failed to report the criminal history of the shooter to a background check system operated by the Federal …

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FBI Data Shows Background Checks Stopped 300,000 Illegal Gun Sales in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that more than 300,000 illegal firearm sales were blocked by background checks in 2020, the highest number of annual denials ever and almost double the nearly 169,000 denials reported by the FBI in 2019, according to a press release …

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Michigan Delays Date of Birth (DOB) Redaction in Criminal Records Until 2022

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2021, the Michigan Supreme Court issued orders to delay the implementation of ADM File No. 2017-28 and ADM File No. 2020-26 that would redact the Date of Birth (DOB) in the criminal records of job applicants during background checks. The implementation date has been …

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DOB Redaction in Michigan Court Records Makes Background Checks Difficult

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who are looking for work could be facing new challenges in their job hunt” as Michigan courts will redact Dates of Birth (DOBs) when releasing records which will make background checks more difficult, according to a news report from WNEM.com CBS Channel …

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New Jersey Fair Chance in Housing Act Helps Ex-Offenders Find a Place to Live

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 3, 2021, the New Jersey Senate and State Assembly passed the “Fair Chance in Housing Act” (Assembly Bill 1919) that will give ex-offenders leaving prison a better chance of finding a place to live despite their criminal records and sent the Act to New Jersey …

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NYC Considers Prohibiting Criminal Background Checks on Prospective Tenants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation being considered by the New York City Council called the Fair Chance for Housing Act (Int. No. 2047) would prohibit landlords and brokers from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants in an effort to remove a barrier to housing for ex-offenders who have criminal records …

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California Considering Legislation that Would Limit Access to Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The California Legislature is in the process of considering legislation – California Senate Bill 731 (SB 731) – that, if enacted, would limit access to criminal records in California to only the last four years and prevent employers in California from checking the criminal histories of prospective …

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Police Report Details Alleged Falsified Background Checks on School Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An internal school investigation attached to a New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) incident report details allegations that officials at a New Orleans public charter school possibly “fabricated criminal background checks for school employees,” according to a report from WWL-TV CBS Channel 4 in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA). …

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FedEx Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Violations of New York City Fair Chance Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 12, 2021, a lawsuit was filed against FedEx by a job applicant who claimed the delivery company violated New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) that protects people with criminal records from discrimination “when it checked his criminal history before deciding whether to offer him …

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Second Chance Programs in Memphis TN Help Ex-Offenders Find Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2021, the City of Memphis, Tennessee, announced a partnership with grocery store chain Kroger to provide job opportunities to ex-offenders with prior criminal records who graduate from second chance programs to help reduce the rate of recidivism, according to a news report from FOX13 in …

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