Christine O'Neill had been working in the cafeteria of the King Philip Middle School in Norfolk for about three weeks last fall when she was called to the superintendent's office. She was told her criminal background check had come back, and was fired. O'Neill left the building, sat in her car, and wept. Not because her past had come back to haunt her, but because someone else's had.
As criminal records become open books, more people are trapped by rap sheets, Boston.com, July 2, 2005.