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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

Report of the National Task Force on the Commercial Sale of Criminal Justice Record Information

  • Organization: Search (The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Tuesday, January 17, 2006
  • Submitted: Tuesday, January 17, 2006
  • Attachment(s): PDF | HTM

Today, background checking- for employment purposes, for eligibility to serve as a volunteer, for tenant screening, and for so many other purposes-has become a necessary, even if not always a welcome, rite of passage for almost every adult American. Like a medical record, a bank record, or a credit record, a background check record is increasingly a part of every American's information footprint.

But, with tens of millions of background checks being conducted annually and with almost all of these checks requiring a search of criminal history record databases, how will all of these checks get done? More and more, the answer is the commercial background screening industry.

This report is the first-ever comprehensive look at the role that commercial background screening companies play in the collection, maintenance, sale, and dissemination of criminal history record information for employment screening and other important risk management purposes.

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