Arizona Charging Inmates’ Visitors for Background Checks

Thu, September 15th, 2011 - 3:29 am - By Gordon Basichis

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In a new law in Arizona, those visiting inmates at the state prisons will need to submit to background checks.  There will be a $25.00 charge for the background check.

According to the Digital Journal,  Senate Bill 1621 mandates a one time fee for a background check for those wanting to visit inmates.  It costs Arizona some $150 Million, annually to maintain its prisons and the fees are one way of offsetting the costs in a bad economy, especially.

There is some concern the fees for background checks may have a negative impact.  It has been widely observed that inmates that maintain contact with their families do better and have a lower recidivism rate once they fulfill their sentences.   The cost of the prison background check and the background check itself may prevent various family members from visiting those who are incarcerated.

Arizona is facing a $1.6 Billion deficit this year, which may be one of the reasons for the fee.

Conducting Divorce Records Background Searches in New Hampshire Civil Courts

Wed, September 14th, 2011 - 3:55 am - By Gordon Basichis

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When conducting background searches for divorce records in in the state of New Hampshire, here are things you should remember…

Divorce records in Massachusetts and New Hampshire require separate searches of the probate and family court systems. A standard civil search of the superior court will not suffice. The subject’s city of residence will determine the appropriate probate/family court.

Recent Hurricane, Floods Cause Continue Delays in Background Searches

Tue, September 13th, 2011 - 3:12 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The recent hurricane and ensuing floods in Northeastern United States have caused continued closures for county criminal and county civil courts.  Those employers conducting background checks should be advised that certain courts will  remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity to notify you of the following court closures.  Schoharie and Orange County Courts in New York are currently closed due to the recent Hurricane and flood damage.  A re-opening date is undetermined at this time.  Delays will occur for searches in these jurisdictions.  Corra Group will be sure to return results as expeditiously as possible upon re-opening of courthouse.


Jurisdictions with closures:


Jurisdiction         State     Dates of Closure

Schoharie            New York            09.09.2011 – re-opening undetermined

Orange New York            09.09.2011 – re-opening undetermined

A Reprise About Al Qaeda and Gun Control Background Checks

Mon, September 12th, 2011 - 3:48 am - By Gordon Basichis

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As the anniversary of 9/11/2001 just passed yesterday, it is time for reflection.  This is the time when we examine what we have learned from that horrible day.  We consider our gains and assess our losses.  We review the steps  we have taken to make this country safer, and we review the things we need to do to prevent another  terror attack.

As with any other things, people have their opinions about the laws we have passed and the measures we have taken.  Some point to the airlines checks, the screening, being compelled to take your shoes off, and declare these measures far too invasive.    Some believe our stringent measures have worked to insure the safety of the United States against another terrorist attack.

Others regard background checks for buying guns as an infringement upon their rights.   Like most major issues, any side can provide valid points from their own perspective.  Unless an opinion is totally off the wall, there is at least some measure of accuracy, a modicum of truth to the assessment.

It is with this in mind and the terrible day ten years ago that I reprise this article I wrote back in June.  It is entitled, Al Qaeda Advises Terrorists to Avoid Background Checks and Buy Arms at Gun Shows.   I think it is worth the read.

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