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Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

Produced by Pauline Quirion, Greater Boston Legal Services
Last updated October 15, 2018

Massachusetts state courts keep records of what happens in every criminal case. These records are called CORI - Criminal Offender Record Information.

People with CORI have rights.

New laws are in effect!

  • 5 year waiting to seal misdemeanors reduced to 3 years,
  • 10 year waiting for felony sealing reduced to 7 years,
  • Resisting arrest convictions can now be sealed,
  • Felony larceny threshold increased from $250 to $1200,
  • After you seal, you can say you have "no record" when applying for housing and occupational licenses, not just when applying for jobs, and
  • Some juvenile and adult expungement are now available

Read the latest booklets from Greater Boston Legal Services Know Your CORI Rights and Booklet 2 on Sealing Records.

Keep track of the latest CORI Reform news you need to know. Check CORI Alerts regularly.

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Governor Patrick signs CORI Reform

Governor Patrick signs CORI Reform bill
(photo credit: Holland Hinman/Governor's Office)


Their pens can’t define me, old RAP sheets can’t confine me I’m the author of my story and my name is not C.O.R.I.

© 2011 Taqwa The Edutainer

(photo credit: Boston Workers Alliance)