Important Updates to Massachusetts’ Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Law, XpertHR podcast

May 02, 2012

Morgan Lewis associate Peter Mee participated in a May 2, 2012, XpertHR podcast to discuss implementation issues on the revised Massachusetts' Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) law. The final revisions were scheduled to take effect on Friday, May 4, 2012, and will impact employers and many others in the Commonwealth. The podcast is available for download here.

A CORI includes records and data compiled by a Massachusetts criminal justice agency about an individual's history related to the nature or disposition of a criminal charge, an arrest, a pre-trial proceeding, other judicial proceedings, sentencing, incarceration, rehabilitation, or release. A person's CORI does not include juvenile criminal history, except for youthful offender charges. 

The revisions change who will have authorized access to CORI and how CORI will be accessed. In addition, after May 4, 2012, employers, volunteer organizations, landlords, and individuals will request, pay for, and receive CORI online using iCORI, an electronic system.

For more information on CORI and its revisions, please see "Implementing CORI Reform," published by the Massachusetts  Department of Criminal Justice Information Services.

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