criminal background checks

A bipartisan group of 167 House Representatives has called for funds to strengthen criminal background checks. Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says her state relies on it.

Massachusetts school districts have started fingerprinting teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other employees, and forwarding the information to the FBI for national background checks.

The effort officially began this month in a handful of districts, with all school systems to follow in the coming weeks.

The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is the last state to fingerprint school employees to more fully search for past criminal activity.

MA Criminal Background Checks Limited to Decade

May 7, 2012
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Massachusetts is launching a new online system for employers to check criminal backgrounds of prospective workers, but their searches are only being allowed to go back 10 years.

Supporters of the new Criminal Offender Record Information system — known as CORI — say it will help former convicts who have paid their debt to society and stayed out of trouble for a decade get jobs and reintegrate into society.

Opponents say companies have a right to known the complete criminal history of hirees.