States must run background checks to avoid hiring felons
While the taxpayers would expect their state government to make sure they aren’t hiring convicted felons, this is not always the way it works.
In Kentucky and many other states, a job seeker applying for state government jobs can simply check “No” on the job application about past criminal records, and the State will take their word for it. The gubernatorial administration may screen applicants’ political contributions and voter registrations, but not criminal backgrounds.
While the state should not necessarily refuse to hire anybody who’s been convicted and served their time, there are some situations where a criminal background check is absolutely essential, such as jobs working with children, or money.
Surprisingly, some states including North Carolina do not require criminal background checks on school employees.