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Criminal Offender Record Information Policy

Author: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services

When to Use

Certain employers, including those that work with the elderly, disabled, children or other vulnerable populations (such as nursing homes, schools, camps, hospitals, preschools, transportation companies and government agencies serving these populations), are required by Massachusetts law to obtain Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reports on applicants, employees and volunteers who will have direct, unsupervised contact with those persons.

Other employers that have registered with the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) also may obtain "Standard Access" to CORI for the purposes of evaluating current and prospective employees, including full and part-time employees, contract employees, interns and volunteers.

Employers that conduct criminal background investigations five or more times per year must have a CORI policy under Massachusetts law.