Posted by HRASHID on Mar 24, 2012.

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New CORI Regulations: Public Hearing!

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.

While the Regulations include many of our CORI Reform principles, some key areas were cut out of the Regulations. We need communities across the state to stand up for the strongest and most effective CORI reforms possible.

New CORI Regulations Public Hearing
Friday, March 30
12pm
McCormack State Office Building
One Ashburton Place (next to the State House)
Conference Room, 21st Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Please come to the hearing and raise up some key demands:

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. 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).

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

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

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, and pursuant to the authority found in G.L. c. 6, ยง 167A, the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning the following regulation:

803 CMR 2.00-9.00 et seq.- MA Department of Criminal Justice Information Services Regulations

The purpose of the revisions is to set forth requirements in order to comply with the CORI Reform Law, Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010.

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.

SOURCE: Aaron Tanaka Boston Workers' Alliance,411 Blue Hill Ave.Dorchester, MA 02121
Phone 617.606.3580,Cell 617.359.0336,Fax 617. 606.3582, atanaka@bostonworkersalliance.org,
www.BostonWorkersAlliance.org