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
“Ban the Box” proponents blame Employers for recidivism… Lets give ex-offenders access to food stamps and TANF, a decent place to live while they re-enter society. Eliminate the desperation to survive while they re-enter society.
Are Employment Background Checks to Blame for High Recidivism Rates? by Mike Mccarty Safe Hiring Solutions
Since January 1, 2014, several places such as Minnesota, Rhode Island and the City of Buffalo joined the rest of the local and state governments who have also passed ‘Ban the Box’ law. This ‘box’ refers to the part of the job application form where an applicant has to mention whether he or she have had any criminal past. Many employers used this information to reject an applicant before even going through with the interview process and ‘ban the box’ law has been introduced by various governments to stop employers from misusing this information.
This law has not been introduced by local and state governments in order to totally prohibit the employers from running criminal background checks on applicants. The reason for it is to ensure that employers don’t make their decisions on just the basis of the box; without finding out other information relevant to the job position.Having a…
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