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Demand for criminal background checks at record level in R.I.

Kris Craig/The Providence Journal - October 19, 2013 11:15 PM Stephanie Tungate, a staff member in the attorney general's office, demonstrates how fingerprints are scanned and electronically taken when getting a background check. She was set up at the Middletown Police Department, one of eight locations where BCI checks were recently done. By MARK REYNOLDS Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE — Demand for criminal background checks has never been higher in Rhode Island. Want to work as a massage therapist, schoolteacher, motorcycling instructor or caretaker in a nursing home? Need to bring your family to a homeless shelter? If the answer is yes, you'll need to visit a police department or the attorney general's office on South Main Street, where employees in the Bureau of Criminal Identification will search in-state criminal history information and may also connect with the National Crime Information Center. But don't be surprised if a few peop

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