CDIA letter to the editor published on residential screening

On Sunday, Aug. 20, the San Antonio Express published CDIA’s letter to the editor, Background checks keep renters safe.  CDIA’s letter was in response to Peggy O’Hare’s Aug. 5 article, “Tenants’ criminal histories pose potential legal snag for housing providers”.  The Aug. 5 article over-simplified a complicated issue and CDIA needed to correct the record. … Continue reading CDIA letter to the editor published on residential screening

Ban-the-box laws may hurt more than they help

As posting by Pew was picked up by NCSL and widely shared by NCSL. The Pew posting, ‘Ban the Box’ Laws May Be Harming Young Black Men Seeking Jobs, says that “several recent studies have found that black men, even those without a criminal history, are less likely to get called back or hired after… Continue reading Ban-the-box laws may hurt more than they help

FBI checks fall short — again

A recent article in the New York Times on O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing highlights the ongoing challenge of the FBI database as insufficient to understand a person’s criminal past. The August 11 story is Nevada Parole Board Unaware of O.J. Simpson’s Old Conviction.  The story notes that “[d]uring [O.J. Simpson’s parole board] hearing on July… Continue reading FBI checks fall short — again

New story, old problem: FBI data ineffective for national criminal check for employment or housing

An recent article in the New York Times on O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing highlights the ongoing challenge of the FBI database as insufficient to understand a person’s criminal past. The August 11 story is Nevada Parole Board Unaware of O.J. Simpson’s Old Conviction. In it, it we are told that “[d]uring [O.J. Simpson’s parole board]… Continue reading New story, old problem: FBI data ineffective for national criminal check for employment or housing

Oregon proposed to jack up public records fees; CDIA responds

The Oregon Judicial Case Information Network (OJCIN) is considering raising the fees collected on bulk and transactional criminal record data.  The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Thomas Balmer, is authorized to establish reasonable fees for use of the OJCIN, but what has been proposed is well beyond reasonable, and is potentially unsafe.  Many small… Continue reading Oregon proposed to jack up public records fees; CDIA responds