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Have you ever had problems with the law? Maybe it was a minor infraction or two, or you made some major mistakes in the past. If you plan to seek employment or do anything that requires a background check, you should think about checking your Mississippi criminal records. Once you know what these records contain, you are in a better position to deal with the repercussions, and you may be able to make corrections or suppress some information. You can visit the Mississippi Department of Corrections records department or contact a reputable source for criminal records, to view your reports. Here is additional information that may be of interest.

What is a Criminal Record?

Criminal or arrest records can tell you if someone has past or current charges. It may also reveal if there are pending charges, dismissed charges, and if the matter was cleared by the courts. Both misdemeanor and felony charges can be included.

What Records Can I View?

Mississippi is different than most states. In fact, Mississippi arrest record data is limited to the public. For example, you may visit the Division of Records for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. There, you can find information about present inmates and those that are on parole. However, that's about the extent of information that you can receive. There is no vast storehouse of criminal information that is available to the public. If you want to find out about past or present arrests, your options are limited.

Who Can See Mississippi Arrest Records?

If you are a member of the law enforcement community, you can go to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and use the Criminal Information Center database. This will give you a great deal of detailed information on the criminal history of anyone that's in the system. However, you have to be in law enforcement or an FBI official if you want access to this kind of Mississippi criminal record information.

What about Employee Screenings and Background Checks?

If you are an employer and you wish to perform a background check on someone in Mississippi, there is good news. Mississippi laws allow employers to search the system and get reports on people they plan to hire. First, an employer must receive permission from the person they plan to do a background check on. You will also need official law enforcement authorization and the fee for the service is $35.00. For authorization details, you may contact your local law enforcement office. If you don't hire a job applicant because of the criminal history details in the report, it's required by law to send them a copy of their report.

Are There Any Other Mississippi Resources?

You can find out if someone in Mississippi is a registered sex offender. Click here to visit the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry website. When you get to the website, you can search for sex offenders by either name or geographic location. This is a good way to find out if there are any offenders living near your home or place of business. Information available includes name, address, offenses, and sentences.
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