Abuse Awareness Training; Skillful Screening of Staff and Volunteers; Tailored Policies & Procedures; Effective Monitoring; Effective Background Checks
Clifton Williams - 2005, he entered the residence of a 93-year-old white female, stabbed, beat, and strangled her, and burned her body. He then stole her purse and car and fled the scene. Stephen Barbee - 2005 in Tarrant County, Barbee asphyxiated a thirty four year old white female and a seven year old white male, transported their bodies to a wooded area and buried them. Anthony Shore – serial killer, between 1986 and 1995, killed five women after sexually assaulting them
Michael Gilbert, Registered sex offender, just completed parole for a 1987 aggravated sexual assault of a child
On parole until 2043 for aggravated robbery and other violent offenses in Nueces County.
13 previous convictions for sexual misconduct with children dating back to the 1980s and multiple probation violations throughout the 1990’s.
Backgrounds for Churches and Nonprofits
What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know About Criminal Background Checks Mike Coffey President Imperative Information Group www.imperativeinfo.com
Homeland Security concerns have heightened employers’ responsibilities.
Good corporate governance now includes human due diligence.
<ul><li>516 workplace murders </li></ul><ul><li>417 by shooting </li></ul><ul><li>- 2006 US Department of Labor </li></ul>Employees face threats from within, not just outside, the workforce.
<ul><li>12,025 cases filed </li></ul><ul><li>$48.8 million settlements </li></ul><ul><li>- 2006 EEOC </li></ul>Employers’ liability for employees’ actions costs both money and goodwill.
Employee theft is the single largest cause of retail loss (“shrink”). <ul><li>$19 billion </li></ul>2006 National Retail Security Survey
Local jurisdictions regularly fail to report criminal convictions to the state database.
Clifton Williams Stephen Barbee Anthony Shore 34% of Texas Death Row convictions are not listed in Texas DPS’ “statewide” database.
There is no reliable “national” or “nationwide” criminal records source.
“ National” databases miss 60% or more of available criminal records. Michael Gilbert
<ul><li>62% of felony defendants released </li></ul><ul><li>33% were rearrested </li></ul><ul><li>- 2004 Bureau of Justice Statistics </li></ul>State and national criminal databases do not reflect pending criminal cases.
The county courthouses’ “live” criminal records are the best source.
Limiting the background check to a single county will miss important information. Jacob Muniz
Federal criminal records, though difficult to search, should not be overlooked.
Limiting the scope of criminal reports to seven years will miss important information.
A good criminal background check begins with identity research. Employment Application Name DOB SSN Prev. addresses Associated Names SSN Issuance Address history ID Research
All paid staff need full criminal background checks. Identity Research County Research Federal Research State & “ National” Databases County Research Possible records
Volunteers’ roles should be evaluated with from the viewpoint of a bad actor. High-Access or High-Credibility High Risk =
High-Risk Volunteers need full criminal background checks, just like staff. Identity Research County Research Federal Research State & “ National” Databases County Research Possible records
Staff-supervised, low-access volunteers inside a fully implemented safety system. Identity Research County of Residence Research State & “ National” Databases County Research Possible records
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act governs employment-related background checks.
The employer must provide information prior to making an adverse decision.
The employer must provide additional notice after taking the adverse decision.
The FCRA limits what can be reported in background checks.
<ul><li>1996 – Berkeley, SC </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic violence </li></ul><ul><li>DWI </li></ul><ul><li>2001, 2002 – Navarro, TX </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Trespass </li></ul><ul><li>Theft </li></ul><ul><li>DWI </li></ul>Identity theft is a growing problem in criminal records.
Mike Coffey President Imperative Information Group http://www.imperativeinfo.com http://blogs.imperativeinfo.com P.O. Box 101327 Fort Worth, Texas 76185 877.473.2287 [email_address] Licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Board (A09357)