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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

Report from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners Says that FBI Records Aren't Accurate

  • Organization: National Association of Background Screeners
  • Author: Craig Winston
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Wednesday, August 03, 2005
  • Submitted: Monday, November 07, 2005
  • Attachment(s): PDF | HTM

The National Crime Information Center: A Review and Evaluation (Aug. 3, 2005)

A report completed for the National Association of Background Screeners has identified a host of inaccuracies in FBI criminal records including: failure of states to report dispositions (outcomes) of arrests following fingerprinting; lack of timeliness in reporting dispositions; ineffective linking of individuals and cases; false positives, attributing criminal records to individuals that don't have one; and false negatives, where people with criminal convictions are not identified as such. Of the 174 million arrests on file, only 45% had final dispositions (proof of the outcome in an arrest), which are necessary in order for screeners to make hiring and other decisions.