30. Why does an arrest/case show up on background checks after it has been restricted?

The old restriction process in Georgia covered only the criminal history information maintained by the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and the arresting law enforcement agency. Private background companies, therefore, still had access to information about your case in their records because the information remained public at the courthouse and the jail/detention center. Beginning on July 1, 2013, Georgia’s new law allows the restriction of these records. Once the record is no longer publicly available, federal law requires that private background companies remove the information about the case from the databases if the information cannot be verified.

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