I posted a question on LinkedIn a few months ago regarding the rollout of  This tool conducts a nationwide search for criminal records via name search.  Advanced search functions are available by address, date of birth or age range.  The interface is slick and there are cool mapping functions.  But based on my own informal survey, user satisfaction is mixed.  The tool aggregates data from multiple disconnected sources which makes it a great all-around resource but the data seems very inconsistent and not comprehensive.  While it does contain minor offenses like traffic infractions in some jurisdictions, it lacks comprehensive data that you would think would be included – like felony criminal convictions – in others.  Overall, I think we’ll see more tools like this emerge as function melds with content.  Hopefully the data will improve over time.


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