CORI: Basics of the NEW Criminal Justice Reform Law
This seminar provides and overview of criminal justice reform that becomes effective in October 2018, such as related to criminal offender record information (CORI), employment, driver licenses, housing and other collatera consequences.
Topics include: changes in the waiting periods for sealing of cases; sealing of newly decriminalized offenses; the new juvenile and adult expungement laws; chapter 151B anti-discrimination provisionsl new negligent applicat screening protections for employers and landlords, and other provisions. We also cover the basics of ow to seal and expunge recors.
Massachusetts keeps "CORI" on every individual who has a criminal case in a Massachusetts state court. CORI is recorded and kept on file even if the underlying case is ultimately dismissed or the accused if found not guilty. CORI is used in screening processes by employers, landlords, government agencies, and others. Clients with criminal recors face barriers to employment, housing, benefits, and other opportunities for economic stability.
This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the new law or get a refresher course on the basics of CORI.
For more information or to register, go to MCLE's website, [registration link not available yet]. Note: When registering on MCLE website, be sure to select your program fee "category" in the drop down menu. Click "Update" for adjusted course fee.