Criminal Records
  • One of the most frequent questions we get when presenting our live Internet Investigative Research MCLE seminars regards "comprehensive criminal background searches." Seminar attendees are almost always surprised, and disappointed, when we explain that, despite all of the ads on the Internet suggesting the contrary, there is no such thing as a national criminal records database - at least not...


  •   Massachusetts officials had planned to post a searchable database, and photos of more than 300 Level 3 sex offenders on the Internet on May 15, 2003. On May 29, 2003, Superior Court Judge Thomas Billings issued an injunction against such access. With the implementation of the new database, users would have been able to access photos, names, home and work addresses of high-risk sexual...


  • ChoicePoint Online has announced that it has expanded the number of individual criminal records contained in its Criminal Records Database. The database now contains 63 million records from all 50 states. This represents a nearly three-fold increase in documents, according to the company. Documents originate from a variety of sources, including: Federal fugitive files State and county criminal...


  • Update, June 1, 2007: Since its purchase by ChoicePoint, Rapsheets can now be found at http://www.knowx.com/rapsheets/ Rapsheets.com offers registered users access to criminal records on over 20 million individuals in 30 states (and selected counties/buroughs in Florida, New York, Tennessee and Texas). In just two years, the database has grown from 4 states to 30. When asked why my state (...


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