[Ansteorra] Bad things

Richard Threlkeld rjt at softwareinnovation.com
Tue May 15 09:23:56 PDT 2007

This goes to one of my issues. I have talked about this with someone who
works for a company that does primarily employment checks, but also a
criminal background checks. He said for $10 you get someone to enter the
data into a search of online resources and spend less than 5 minutes total
on the report. He said he would not give it a lot of credence. You will also
have a fair number of false positives where the name causes a hit, but a
little research would show the person we are asking about could not be the
person with the bad background (how many John Smiths are there?), but for
$10 you don't get the extra research.

I'm guessing as time goes on we will escalate the search that is done to one
that costs several times this (my contact suggest $100 was a good minimum),
but that is just my opinion.

BTW, the Society Seneschal has said the current intention is to only search
based on criminal sexual activities with minors. Any other nefarious
background would not disqualify an officer and the details of the searches
would not reported to the Society - only the Pass/Fail.

Caelin on Andrede 

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Subject: [Ansteorra] Bad things

A $10 background check doesn't seem like it will give you much info.  And a
card issued by the BOD is good for two years?  A lot can happen in two
years.  And what's to say that this $10 background check is going to
actually differentiate between violent sexual crimes and a felony larceny
conviction?  If the only conclusion is the person passed or failed, how do
the people who are making the decision going to make a truly informed
decision.  I don't think that a person who was convicted of felony larceny
should be equated with a pedophile.  At least not in the context we're
discussing.  A convicted burglar has a greater potential chance of
rehabilitation.  Whereas a repeat sex offender may not (just my opinion but
I do believe that statistics may prove me correct here).

Most states have online data bases that anyone can go and search for
individuals convicted of sex crimes.  The caveat of course is that the
person has registered with the state.  Some of the most heinous sex crimes
we've seen in the news over the years were committed by people who failed to
register with the state, who moved between states and failed to register,

For the state of Texas you can do a search at this web site;


Robert deBray

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