Ohio residents have been “falsely lulled into feeling secure with Ohio’s and the federal background check system,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein in November 2020. The state-maintained background check database is missing substantial amounts of criminal history information. As reported by Courthouse News, “a minimum of 27% of Ohio felony convictions in 2015 were… Continue reading Ohio’s background check flaws put the public at risk; commercial searches better to protect the public
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
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
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities released a flawed report on background screenings that relied upon data findings that could violate consumer protections under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and state law if a non-government agency made those same findings. The report has been summarized in the… Continue reading Checking the Checks on Massachusetts Ridesharing Drivers
Recently, Lyft CEO John Zimmer was interviewed for NPR’s podcast, How I Built This. Zimmer was asked about his company’s criminal background checks and he discussed how his company offers better protection for riders than the fingerprint checks sometimes required of taxi drivers. He’s right.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyed state criminal history record repositories and found that in 2014, 43 states performed over 19.4 million name-based criminal background checks for non-criminal justice purposes. This clearly shows the power of name-based criminal checks for employment and other purposes to help protect the public in the workplace… Continue reading Did you know…States conduct name-based criminal background checks?
Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General under President Obama, wrote three letters in June 2016 to local and state officials urging them not to require fingerprint-based background checks for purposes unrelated to law enforcement. These letters were reported in The Hill. “When I served as U.S. Attorney General, I asked Attorneys General in every state… Continue reading Eric Holder Picks Name-Based Checks Over Fingerprint Checks
An important lesson was re-learned in a recent settlement between plaintiffs alleging discrimination over criminal background checks and the U.S. Census Bureau: FBI fingerprint checks are slow, incomplete, and unreliable.
In the wake of some recent stories toting the perceived benefits of fingerprint checks for workers, CDIA wants to remind readers that name-based criminal background checks are the most effective and thorough way to screen out those with a criminal past. For example, FBI Assistant Director Stephen Morris said that “[t]he misnomer is that FBI has… Continue reading Name-based criminal background checks; A refresher