Feds Hold Criminal Records on 77M People


fbiThe federal government has 77.7 million people in its master criminal files, from felonies to misdemeanors-even if the charges were thrown out. That means the government has records on rougly one-in-three American adults.

Once the FBI has a file, it will remain active for 110 years, even if a person wasn’t convicted or the charges against them were dropped. That’s problematic because have a criminal record can negatively influence housing and career opportunities.

Regardless of whether a person is convicted, having an arrest record makes a person less likely to own a home and more likely to live below the poverty line at age 25. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}