DOJ Lawsuit Over Rental Screening

Yesterday, the DOJ announced that “filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Hesperia, California, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California discriminated against African American and Latino renters in violation of the Fair Housing Act.”  This litigation could create new ammunition to special-interest tenant advocates and policymakers who want to impose further… Continue reading DOJ Lawsuit Over Rental Screening

Did you know…States conduct name-based criminal background checks?

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 Picks Name-Based Checks Over Fingerprint 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

CDIA as a Panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences

In Feb. 2015, CDIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs, Eric J. Ellman, was a panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences.  The Washington, D.C. summit was sponsored by the American Bar Association and the National Institute of Justice.  Eric’s panel, Criminal Records in the Digital Age, was a lively discussion that included… Continue reading CDIA as a Panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences

U.S. DOJ Gets New Acting Director

In September, President Obama nominated Charlotte Burrows to the vacant commissioner slot at the EEOC.  Burrows is former counsel to the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and a former attorney at DOJ.  Some EEOC-watchers were surprised by the Burrows nomination since there was some supposition that the EEOC slot was going to go not to Burrows but to… Continue reading U.S. DOJ Gets New Acting Director

AG Holder and Secretary Perez Tour Jail; Tout Jobs

On July 29, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez toured a correctional facility in Boyds, Maryland touting the benefits of jobs and education programs for inmates to help them prepare for a work life after prison.  As reported by NPR, Secretary Perez said that “We have 2,700 American job centers… Continue reading AG Holder and Secretary Perez Tour Jail; Tout Jobs