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State Criminal Record Processes Are Adequate; Potential for Inaccuracies from Private Companies, Report No. 09-10, February 2009
 
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  • Employers conduct criminal history background checks to ensure that prospective hires do not have a criminal history that would make them unsuitable for employment. Employers can obtain criminal history data from government sources, such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or from private background check companies.
  • There are adequate safeguards in place to ensure that criminal history data maintained by criminal justice entities is accurate, current, and complete. Employers who use department data for a criminal background check can be reasonably confident that the information is reliable. However, data sold by private background check companies may be less reliable because some companies maintain and sell records that are not current; companies generally use name-based checks, which are less reliable than fingerprint-based checks; and information provided by some companies may not cover all law enforcement jurisdictions or time periods.
  • Florida’s criminal justice agencies use several processes to ensure that sealed or expunged records are purged in accordance with state statutes. However, there are no requirements directing private companies to similarly purge records that have been expunged or sealed.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Criminal Justice Information Services
State Courts System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-27 Progress Report: FDLE Improves Operations, Some Information and Fingerprint System Backlogs Remain,published in January 2000
  • Report No. 98-74 PB² Performance Report for the Criminal Justice Information Program, published in March 1999.
  • Report No. 97-40 Review of the Performance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Information Program,published in February 1998

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