Take Action! New CORI Regulations


In August of 2010, CORI Reform was passed by a statewide coalition of 110+ organizations and the hard work of thousands of Mass residents. The reforms are going effective on May 4, 2012, and the Governor’s Office has released the New CORI Regulations that will dictate how the law gets implemented.

Over 100 people attended a public hearing on Friday 3/30 on the new CORI regulations to support our demands to the Governor.


Call Governor Patrick today: 617 725 4005

Sample Script: “Hi, my name is _______, from _______. I’m calling to leave a message about the new CORI regulations. Please tell the Governor to keep our right to challenge the “relevance” of a CORI with a potential employer, and to stop private background check companies from accessing CORI if they give out data older than 10 years. These regulations are critical for CORI reform to be effective and I urge the Governor to do the right thing.”

1) Do Not Remove the Right of Job Applicants to Discuss the Relevance of their CORI. The old CORI Regulations included a chance for a job applicant to discuss the “Relevancy and Accuracy” of their CORI with an employer who had concerns. The new regulations left in the “accuracy” requirement but took out “relevancy.” Tell the Governor to reinstate the opportunity to discuss the Relevancy of a CORI to the job at hand.

2) Stop Private Background Check Companies from Giving Out Old CORI. The new regulations are allowing private background companies to access the official CORI system, and are not preventing them from giving out old records or non-convictions. The regulations should require any company that uses the official CORI system to limit its information to 10 years for a felony, 5 years for a misdemeanor, and no dismissed cases (the same as the official CORI system). If a private background check company wants to continue to give out old and dismissed CORI, they should not enjoy access to the official state CORI system.

Access the regulations here: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/chsb/dcjis-proposed-regulations.pdf

Download a position paper from the Commonwealth CORI Coalition explaining these two demands: CORI Regulations Advocacy 2012

Help spread the word - stand up for CORI reform on Friday March 30th.


Scheduled Hearing Date: March 30, 2012, at 12 p.m.

Conference Room, 21st Floor
McCormack State Office Building
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

The proposed regulation may be obtained by visiting the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) website at: www.mass.gov/cjis. Written comments in advance of the hearing are welcome and should be sent no later than April 10, 2012, to DCJIS, Office of the General Counsel, 200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200, Chelsea MA 02150. All persons desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the designated time and place.

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