65 Million Americans with Criminal Records

Nick Fishman

Okay.  This must be some kind of record.  I had another thought in my head for the second day in a row and all I can think about is the number 65,000,000.

I read an article published in the New York Times which was largely unfavorable to employers’ use of background checks.  At one point the writer attempts to win us over by telling us that 65 million Americans have a criminal record.  The insinuation is that so many people have criminal records, it’s hardly fair that an employer would use such information to make a hiring decision.

Really?  Maybe it’s just me, but I think that is exhibit #1 as to why employers might want to conduct a background check on potential employees.  Her argument appears to be, that we should stop conducting background checks because everyone has a record.  Does she think we should shut down all of the prisons as well?

And while I’m at it, the title of the article cracks me up as well: “Internet Lets a Criminal Past Catch Up Quicker”.  What? Those with criminal records deserve a head start and the internet is just too darn fast?

Two thoughts in two days.  I’m spent.

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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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