By TONY LEE
For years, residents have fought to revamp the state’s Criminal Offender Record Information system. At a State House hearing today, they hope to take the debate to a new level.
Including CORI reform bills offered up by Gov. Deval Patrick (Contact) and Mayor Thomas Menino (Contact), a total of 82 bills are up for debate in front of the Judiciary Committee. Hundreds are expected to pack Gardner Auditorium.
“This is definitely going to be the biggest show of support for this issue in the time we have been working on this,” said Wilnelia Rivera, director of Neighbor to Neighbor Campaigns.
Originally created to aid law enforcement, the CORI system allows potential employers and landlords to view applicants’ criminal records for up to 15 years for felonies and 10 for misdemeanors.
Reformed residents have cited difficulty in finding work or homes due to crimes committed years ago, calling the system “outdated.” They also argue changing the system would reduce the number of those who reoffend.
Opponents of reform bills say that any cuts to the current system would destroy an employers’ right to learn about the people they are considering for hire, and allow a sex offender to seal their past.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)
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