Conducting Criminal Record Checks in Mississippi

Prospective employees of residential institutions, facilities, clinics, organizations and other entities that provide children with services, including care, lodging, maintenance, counseling or therapy for alcohol or controlled substance abuse, or any other emotional disorder or mental illness are required to follow a preemployment procedure that includes a national criminal history background check and fingerprint check.

No child residential facility may employ any person, or allow any person to serve as a volunteer, who would provide services to children for the entity if the person:

Has a felony conviction for a crime against persons;

Has a felony conviction under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act;

Has a conviction for a crime of child abuse or neglect;

Has a conviction for any sex offense; or

Has a conviction for any other offense committed in another jurisdiction or any federal offense that would constitute one of the offenses listed above without regard to its designation in that jurisdiction or under federal law.

Any child residential facility that fails to complete sex offense criminal history record information and felony conviction record information checks as described above will be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 for each such violation and may be enjoined from further operation until it complies.

The Mississippi tax commission is authorized to require fingerprinting of an applicant or licensee, and the casino and alcoholic beverage personnel of a licensee, and the forwarding of all fingerprints taken to the FBI.