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Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

Produced by Pauline Quirion, Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed February 8, 2019

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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.

  • Seal misdemeanors in 3 years,
  • Seal felonies in 7 years,
  • Resisting arrest convictions can be sealed,
  • Felony larceny threshold is $1,200. This means if your larceny conviction is for less than $1,200 it may be sealed in 3 years,
  • 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 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

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