[act-ma] 6/30 CORI Reform Lobby Day (Tues)
janet at communitychangeinc.org
Mon Jun 29 10:40:21 PDT 2009
ALL OUT FOR CORI REFORM!
CORI Reform Press Conference & Lobby Day
Tuesday, June 30th
Confirmed CORI reform speakers include Mayor Thomas Menino, Sheriff
Andrea Cabral, Bob Haynes (AFL-CIO), State Rep. Liz Malia and State
Senator Harriette Chandler, Northeastern Labor Economist Andrew Sum
CORI Background: Growing access to criminal background information
prevents hundreds of thousands of MA residents from obtaining work,
housing and education loans every year. Unregulated CORI practices
lead employers to overlook qualified and motivated applicants for
work. Meanwhile, ex-offenders who are unable to secure legal
employment and housing are more likely to re-offend and enter a
costly cycle of re-incarceration. People of Color are
disproportionately penalized by these unregulated CORI practices.
CORI reform in 2009 presents an immediate, cost-free strategy to
reduce state expenses while improving public safety.
An Act to Reform CORI, Restore Opportunity, and Improve Public
Safety: HB 3523/SB 1608
Bans the Criminal History Question from Initial Job Applications
· Allows employers to check CORI only after an applicant has
been deemed “otherwise qualified” for the position.
· Alters the timing of a criminal record inquiry but does not
limit an employer’s access to such information.
Allows those who have not re-offended to seal old misdemeanor cases
after 3 years and old felony records after 7 years
· Currently, a person’s felony record is accessible for 15 years
and a misdemeanor is open for 10 years which prevents people who want
to be productive members of society to move on.
· Countless longitudinal studies have shown that if an ex-
offender stays crime free for 5-6 years, the likelihood of his/her re-
offending drops to statistically non-significant levels.
Removes not guilty and dismissed cases from the CORI
· Job applicants should not be punished for cases in which there
was no finding of guilt.
For full text of the Senate bill, go to:
for more information on CORI Reform, go to
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