January 16, 2009
Thanks to the work of groups like the Boston Workers’ Alliance (BWA), Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reforms are beginning to take shape in Massachusetts.
CORI is a database created in the ’70s for use by law enforcements agencies. Today, the BWA says about 10,000 organizations can access CORI reports and that these records are "used to deny people jobs, housing credit and student loans." The campaign for CORI reform aims to end discrimination for qualified ex-offenders who have paid their debt to society.
In its draft of new CORI procedures, the EOHHS recommends that rehabilitated offenders be "given a fair opportunity to be employed and reintegrated successfully into the workplace." Read more...