Phone Bank to Support CORI Reform
Last fall, the Massachusetts senate passed a comprehensive reform bill, aimed at increasing supervision of serious offenders while reducing employment barriers for those with old or dismissed charges. The house version of the bill is currently stalled in the Judiciary Committee, where Representative O’Flaherty is chair.
Proposed reforms would allow individuals to move on from offenses after 10 years, as opposed to the current 15-year wait. Charges of serious violence and sex-offenses, however, would be made more open to employers and housing agents.
At the end of 2008, Representative O’Flaherty took initial steps by favorably reporting a crime bill from his committee. But with 4 days remaining in the legislative calendar, the bill expired without a vote. In the 2009-10 session, action from the Judiciary Committee is pending while Speaker of the House DeLeo has affirmed that CORI would be addressed.
With consensus growing on the issue, statewide law enforcement groups including Massachusetts Sheriffs Association and the Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs Association have added their support for the core reform goals.