Felons Who Cross State Lines Pose A Hiring Threat
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) October 20, 2008
According to a recent investigative series in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, between 1.9 and 2.7 million felony fugitives (including rapists and murderers) have eluded capture by crossing state lines.
Companies that unknowingly hire felons or fugitives put themselves at increased risk of embezzlement, fraud, lawsuits and workplace violence. Employers should be alert to the possibility that a fugitive criminal may be hiding in their workplace.
Accu-Screen, Inc., a leader in employment background screening, frequently uncovers job candidates with criminal records or fraudulent credentials when it conducts background searches for employers. Accu-Screen has a large network of field agents working across the nation to retrieve criminal record information at the local, county and state level, as opposed to relying on database searches.
Post-Dispatch reporters found a persistent problem with outstanding warrants across the country. If local or county police departments don't enter all their warrants in the FBI database, fugitives not listed in the database can escape detection for their prior crimes.
"It's alarming that so many criminals get away with their crimes and go on to victimize new people in another state," says Kevin Connell, chief executive officer and founder of Accu-Screen. "Our on-the-ground criminal background searches result in a more accurate 'criminal hit ratio,' which prevents these law-breakers from endangering companies."
Key facts about this national crisis include:
- A statewide dragnet across Florida last month dubbed "Operation Orange Crush" led to the arrest of 2497 fugitives, including those of 113 homicide suspects, 255 sex offenders and 55 gang members. The U.S. Marshalls-led sweep targeted the "worst of the worst" offenders. According to the Post Dispatch report, 35 % of Felony Warrants in Florida are not entered into the FBI Database.
- Organizers of Philadelphia's "Fugitive Safe Surrender" program were astonished when 1205 felons turned themselves in at a local church in mid-September. The program was designed to encourage non-violent fugitives to settle their outstanding warrants.
- More than one third of all felony warrants are not entered into the FBI's National Crime Information Center database checked by police across the country.
- Local police often refuse to pick up fugitives from other states, even when they're wanted for violent crimes.
"Corporations and hiring managers that engage employment screening experts can dramatically reduce their risk of hiring an employee with a hidden criminal record," said Connell. "Accu-Screen's in-depth criminal background screening services can give employers that additional peace of mind."
Accu-Screen has created a complimentary white paper, "Felons Who Cross State Lines Pose A Hiring Threat," so that hiring professionals may get additional information on this important topic. To view the report or to download a copy, visit Accu-Screen at http://www.accuscreen.com/.
About Accu-Screen, Inc.
Since 1994, Accu-Screen, Inc, has been an industry pioneer, leader and expert in employment background screening, specializing in criminal background checks. Its reports are delivered to companies across the world in 24-72 hours. CEO Kevin G. Connell founded the company with a burning desire that companies hire the right people from the start, resulting in greater cost control and better safety in the workplace. Mr. Connell also serves as a national speaker and expert in negligent hiring, resume fraud, employee theft, and embezzlement.
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