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3 Pieces of Information Fingerprint Screening May Miss

Fingerprinting has long been used to investigate individuals' criminal histories. However, some organizations are not satisfied with this method alone, and for good reason.

Fingerprinting allows businesses to explore files on candidates from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. While fingerprinting through the FBI can reveal a wealth of information stored in the National Crime Information Center, it doesn't always uncover every piece of the puzzle. Learn what important things you may be missing if you don't supplement fingerprinting with more comprehensive employment screening:

1. Disposition information

The data you receive from fingerprinting should contain criminal records detailing arrests, charges and dispositions, but that's not always the case. A 2013 study from the National Employment Law Project found 50 percent of records received from the FBI do not contain final dispositions of the cases. That means a company screening candidates might not see if an individual was ultimately convicted. This occurs despite an FBI regulation mandating these records be complete and accurate. However, some details fall through the cracks, which can seriously hinder an employment decision.

Just how big is this issue? The study found that companies look at inaccurate or incomplete records for 1.8 million people each year. A process that was meant to reveal truth can actually lead to injustices and confusion. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arrests that do not end in convictions should not be considered in the hiring decision. However, if the employer doesn't have all the necessary information, he or she can't abide by this.

2. Some state records

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the FBI's database may be missing as many as 50 percent of final criminal records. That's because states are not always required to submit these documents to the FBI. This means that even if your employee was convicted of a crime, a fingerprinting would not reveal that information unless the state in which the crime occurred sent his or her files over.

3. Up-to-date information

As far as the records that do make it into the FBI database, many do not contain updated information. In a 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office, FBI officials said that criminal felony cases take a long time to conclude - often more than a year. Once completed, information has to be entered into the criminal record system, taking even more time. As such, employers using fingerprinting may stumble across even more incomplete records.

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