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Criminal Records Searches

Supreme Court weighs in with 2 rulings.


The importance of conducting criminal records checks on volunteers and employees who have unsupervised access to minors is reinforced by two recent Supreme Court rulings upholding the constitutionality of "Megan's laws." The Court noted that sex offenders "are much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or sexual assault." The fact that the Supreme Court has recognized this fact makes it more likely that other courts will view criminal records checks as a minimum standard of care when selecting workers. This conclusion is reinforced by the fact that over the last few years several youth-serving charities have started conducting criminal records checks on volunteers who work with minors. This article will review the Supreme Court's recent rulings, summarize the many kinds of criminal records checks that are available, ...

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  • November 3, 2003

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