Background Checks

Cisive Product Highlight: Criminal Monitoring

  • February 14, 2023
  • Jenni Gray
  • Approx. Read Time: 2 Minutes
  • Updated on November 26, 2023

In this Cisive Product Highlight series, we’ll review key tools to consider when screening your workforce, as well as top benefits and features when ordering them through Cisive and our family of brands.

This month’s highlight is Criminal Monitoring, a key tool for organizations committed to protecting the communities they serve.


What is Criminal Monitoring? Why is it important?

Criminal monitoring is a type of criminal background check that allows employers to ensure the safety of their organizations through ongoing real-time notifications of criminal arrests and/or convictions.

Criminal background checks are one of the primary background screens employers utilize when hiring new employees. Many employers only run criminal background checks on new hires. Some organizations will recheck the criminal backgrounds of employees every 2-5 years.

However, it is becoming more common for employers to opt for continuous criminal monitoring. According to Cisive’s report, Cisive Insights: Talent Screening Trends 2021, almost a third of employers who introduced new background checks during the pandemic included criminal monitoring.


Who benefits most from Criminal Monitoring?

Criminal monitoring is especially important for organizations in high-risk industries. Some examples are:

  • home healthcare
  • senior care
  • gig economy
  • transportation
  • home services
  • utilities
  • education
  • financial services
  • churches
  • retail


Organizations should also consider adding criminal monitoring to their background screening program if they hire employees with access to vulnerable people, information, or homes, or if the organization operates in certain business conditions. Some examples of these conditions are:

  • Employees work in customers’ homes.
  • Employees work with children.
  • Business is vulnerable to the large financial or reputational risk that can be taken advantage of by a single rogue employee.
  • Employees drive or operate machinery on behalf of the company.
  • The workforce has a history of criminal activity.
  • There is a high turnover in the workforce.
  • The business operates in a highly-regulated industry.


How does Criminal Monitoring work?

When an employer decides to add criminal monitoring, they provide Cisive with a list of employees to be monitored on an ongoing basis. The 24/7 monitoring service will scan employees for criminal activity and provide an alert within 60 minutes or less of any criminal arrest or conviction, as well as when an employee is booked into custody, released from custody, and/or incarcerated for a certain “length of stay.”

The employer receives alerts upon validation of arrest (typically within 1-2 days). In addition, daily updates are accessible through Cisive’s platform.

Cisive’s criminal monitoring solution provides employers with accurate, verified, actionable information that is fully compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Cisive has access to more than 140 million booking records through direct connections with over 2,000 jails and 28 Departments of Corrections files. This equates to over 80% of all incarcerations in the United States. Sources of incarceration and arrests are updated hourly.


What is on a Continuous Criminal Monitoring record?

The following Personally Identifiable Information (PII) may be on a Continuous Criminal Monitoring record:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Address (when available)


How can Cisive help?

We can help you develop a background screening program to include criminal monitoring, ensuring you’re doing everything in your power to keep your employees and customers safe. With Cisive, you’ll remain fully compliant with all federal, state, and local guidelines.

Contact us to get started today.


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