Massachusetts' CORI Overhaul Discludes Sex Offenders

Posted on August 4th, 2010 No Comments

The Massachusetts state legislature gave final approval to an overhaul of the state’s criminal background check system Tuesday.

First introduced as a state legislative proposal in 2005, reforming the Criminal Offender Record Information – known as CORI – has been championed by a broad array of stakeholders including major law enforcement and business associations. Steve O’Neil, Executive Director of Ex-prisoners and Prisoner Organizing for Community Advancement said “when you’re trying to support your family, get your life on track, and be a role model, you can only have the door slammed in your face so many times. We’ve been educating people across the state for over 6 years – even in a 5 -day walk from Worcester to Boston – exposing CORI as an arcane and counterproductive system.

The new legislation allows felony offenses to be closed after 10 years and misdemeanors after 5. The reduction of 5 years would not apply to cases of homicide or sex offenses, however.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a sex crime, contact a Massachusetts sex crime lawyer of James Powderly at 508-343-0676.

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