Background checks falling short
Twenty states say that as many as 30 percent of their case files do not include a final ruling, making it unclear whether someone who was arrested was convicted. Because African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but 28 percent of all arrests, some advocates say the inaccuracy of case files puts higher numbers of African Americans at risk when applying for jobs that require background checks. Overall, the number of FBI background checks for employers has increased six fold since 2002. Read related article.
Total U.S. arrests
Number of FBI background checks
For employment and licensing purposes each year, in millions
Arrests in state criminal record databases
Percentage of arrests that have final dispositions recorded
SOURCE: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice; U.S. Census Bureau; National Employment Law Project. GRAPHIC: Tobey - The Washington Post. Published July 27, 2013.