Background check CRA’s have guidelines as to what criminal information can be reported. Commercial proprietary databases have none.
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The Council on Criminal Justice Reform recommends Georgia Department of Corrections issue offenders a certificate that certifies the completion of treatment and vocational training while incarcerated. The existence of the certificate shall provide immunity in any action against an employer or institution alleging lack of due care.
This past December, InfoMart presented to the Senate Expungement Reform committee. We supported Georgia establishing a program like the Illinois certificate of re-entry, providing a certificate that provides immunity in any action.
In the one month since, MS house bill 806, has changed the way I think about motivating employers to hire ex-offenders.
Auditors Probe City Background Check Process
HARTFORD — — The Hartford Internal Audit Commission is investigating the city’s policy on background checks, after Mayor Pedro Segarra appointed a man with a history of felony convictions as his deputy chief of staff.
Beware of “Ban the Box”
2009 City of Hartford, passed “Ban the Box” ordinance
November 26, 2013 Kennard Ray’s appointment was made public by Mayor Segarra
November 27, 2013 Ray withdrew from the job.
“Ray had not disclosed his criminal convictions.” Mayor Segarra
Ray said, he wasn’t given the opportunity to disclose his background until after the appointment because of a city policy that keeps the disclosure of criminal records out of the initial recruitment states.
Ray’s Criminal History includes
- 1997 conviction for the sale of narcotics,
- 1998 conviction for possession of narcotics,
- 1998 conviction for carrying a pistol without a permit and
- 2004 conviction for criminal possession of a gun.
“Employers have every right to ask about conviction status during the interview process, and can deny anyone a position based on “moral turpitude” – which could include everything from drug dealing, to sex offenses, to other violent crimes.” from the Drug Policy Alliance of NM
Over reach of government telling employers they can’t ask about criminal records on employment applications AND the outcome still is the same. Employers have criteria based on the position and business necessity that is established BEFORE they even post the job opening.
This is a couple of years old, but an invaluable resource regarding the use of credit in background checks.
September 23, 2010 Judy Gootkind, on behalf of the Nation on behalf of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) testified before the Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit U.S. House of Representatives on Legislative Hearing on “H.R. 3149, the Equal Employment for All Act”
Caution before you jump into this website, keep in mind, this is miscommunication and lack of understanding. We can change this if we work together to educate and correct the miscommunicated facts.
How it Began: The Ban the Box campaign was started by All of Us or None, a national civil rights movement of formerly-incarcerated people and our families.
Credit legislation by state. The list is not complete but there is active legislation listed.