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Audit uncovers sloppy deposition recording in Texas

Oct 14, 2011 Matt Roesly

A recent state audit of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal History System found that approximately 26 percent of arrest deposition records from 2009 were not submitted to the DPS, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The CHS database is supposed to include arrest records and prosecutor records that show offenses and charges, as well as conviction and sentencing information. However, because of gaps in the computerized system, background check agencies can't rely on the DPS for complete information about a job applicant. Texas has ramped up its background screening requirements in recent years for positions such as prospective foster parents, teachers, members of law enforcement, day care employees, doctors, nurses and real estate agents. Despite the fact that state law requires courts to submit deposition records within 30 days of receiving them, nobody has been granted the power to enforce the legislation. Texas Watchdog notes that the 51-page audit also found half of the state's Community Supervision and Corrections Offices haven't reviewed arrest records announced through flash or immediate bulletins.