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Understanding Criminal Records

Criminal Records

Criminal Records 101

There are many challenges in being able to pull data that pertains to criminal records. Essentially the public is at the mercy of the local, state and federal courthouses to be responsible and timely in releasing this information. After all, it is part of the public record.

There is a constant race to improve our databases and be able to pull the most accurate and current data soon as it's made available across the different counties,  and states. Naturally, certain states are better at releasing information and making it accessible versus others that make it sometimes a very difficult painstaking process.

Courts have their own release timelines when it comes to taking a case that has been finalized or settled and then stamping the court's seal of approval to allow release to the public records domain. Certain courts are technologically sophisticated and make it easy to pull and compile this data at Persopo. We strive to update our databases constantly with definite updates rolling in at the least every month.

Digitization of Criminal Records

There still exists out there, criminal records that have not been converted to digital format. Certain courts work hard to scan, log and enter these criminal records in their databases. However, there are some that are slow and not caught up to the digital age as quickly as we would expect.

We have our data teams constantly scouring the country to get their hands on criminal records that have not been digitized yet. They are the hardest workers in our organization and they are out there in the field trying to compile criminal records on the 317 million Americans across the country. We thank their hard work and it's their persistence and hard work that makes us one of the leading background search and criminal records sites on the web.

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