CI’s SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY inquiry helps mitigate a company’s risk of workplace violence and potential negligent hiring or retention lawsuits. CI recommends that its clients conduct a Sex Offender Registry inquiry in every state the subject has lived in, and by every name the subject has used, within the previous seven years.
According to a 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics report, on any given day in the US, there are approximately 234,000 offenders that have been convicted of rape or sexual assault under the care, custody or control of corrections agencies. Nearly 60% of these sex offenders are under conditional supervision residing in the community. An estimated 61% of violent sex offenders confined to State prisons have a prior conviction history that resulted in a sentence to probation or incarceration. Approximately 25% of imprisoned rape and sexual assault offenders have a prior history of convictions for other violent crimes and 1 in 7 have been previously convicted of a violent sex crime.
Convictions for sexual offenses will appear on the subject’s criminal record in the county or state where the offense was committed. However, oftentimes, sexual offenders will relocate to a different jurisdiction where their criminal record might not reflect the offense. Fortunately, under federal law, sexual offenders must register with the appropriate sexual offender database whenever they relocate. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that there are more than 500,000 registered Sex Offenders nationwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the recidivism rate for sex crimes is four times higher than for other offenses.
These statistics more than justify conducting a Sex Offender Registry inquiry as part of a thorough background investigations policy.
CI suggests adding state specific sex offender registry searches.
State specific sex offender registry searches cover all levels of sex offender in each state a subject has lived in within the policy set up. National sex offender searches are a great starting point, but generally only report the highest level of sex offender. Our investigators are experts at knowing each state’s procedure for finding information on all levels of offender.