Category Archives: Resources & Links

CORI Reform Bill Info

See below for fact sheets and documents relating to the landmark CORI reform policies won in 2010 through a 5 year campaign led by BWA and our partners.

Mass Commission Against Discrimination Fact Sheet on New Ban the Box Policy, Effective Nov 4, 2010 (click to download)

BWA CORI Reform in Massachusetts 2010 Final Fact Sheet (click to download)

Highlights of CORI Reform with legal citations (click to download)

Summary of Final Crime Bill 2010 CORI Reform, Sentencing Reform, Dangerousness Hearing (click to download)

Crime Bill 2010 Final Text (click to download)

CORI Sealing and Juvenile Sealing - Who Can See What? (click to download)

BWA CORI History Slideshow Final (click to download - low resolution version)

BWA Voter’s Guide: Get Registered, Educated and Activated

Vote LogoVote for Power:

Q. If I have a CORI, can I vote?

A. Yes. In Massachusetts, no matter what is on your CORI, you have the right to vote. As long as you are not in jail, you can vote.

Q. Can you vote if you are incarcerated?

A. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanors you can vote using an absentee ballot. If you are incarcerated for a felony, you cannot vote in Massachusetts.

Q. What is the last day to register to vote?

A. The last day to register is usually two weeks before the actual election day. You must be registered, if you want to vote.

Q. How do I register to vote?

A. If you have registered in the past, and have not moved, you do not need to re-register. You can get a voter registration card at the RMV, City Hall, or most colleges and vocational schools. You can also call 617-727-2828 to have a registration form sent to you. Or download a form:

Coming Home Directory - Ex Offender Resources

Ex-Offender Resources is a project of the Prisoner Re-entry Working Group. You can click on the site below to check out the resource. There are suggestions for food, employment training, fuel, housing, transportation, medical, faith, etc.

Research & Writing on Criminal Records and Employment


The following sources represent a survey of recent and widely reviewed literature surrounding the problem relating to unemployment and criminal records in the African American community. The literature documents the variety of problems that record holders face in finding good jobs, and also propose a landscape of possible areas for reform and improvement. Empirical and theoretical work, however, suggests that barriers to employment for ex-offenders will persist as features of post Civil Rights racism and neoliberal economic policies, unless new solutions to combat neighborhood divestment are brought forth.

Prepared by Aaron Tanaka for the Boston Workers Alliance (Nov 20th, 2006)