CORI law flaw lets criminals stay free
May 2, 2008
Looks like quite few people didn’t do a background check on the best way to conduct a background check. (Maybe that statement was overkill, but after reading this article, you’ll understand why I couldn’t resist!). This article talks about how one company had no way of knowing that their employee had out-of-state warrants and the limitations of Massachusetts CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) system, MA’s statewide database of criminal records information. employeescreenIQ, as well as many other outlets, have stated time and time again that statewide databases are notorious for having incomplete, inaccurate, and outdated criminal record information and should never be used as a sole criminal records source for companies looking to obtain a comprehensive background check on their prospective employees. Also, companies should be conducting criminal records checks in states other than the applicant’s current state of residence or just the state the company is headquartered in. Unfortunately, this message has not reached everyone’s ears and that is why we end up with situations like those described in this article.
This company could have potentially located this person’s out-of-state warrants and other possible criminal activity in his past by running a Social Security Number Trace, obtaining his address history, and running a criminal records check in every county he has lived in in the past 7-10 years. The company could have topped this off by running statewide and national searches in order to locate any records that may have appeared in places other than where he lived (this would have been our recommendation since the nature of the position this person had required that he travel without setting down a permanent residence that would have been detected by the SSN trace). This would probably be a bit pricey, but sure beats the cost of a negligent hiring lawsuit. I believe the author of this article could have done this story more justice by doing a little research on how companies can conduct a comprehensive background check and possibly save another company from having the same misconceptions.
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