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Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

Produced by Pauline Quirion, Greater Boston Legal Services
Last Updated June 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.


The CORI law is changing. On October 15 2018, the Commissioner of Probation will use shorter waiting periods to seal records. The waiting periods will be:

  • for misdemeanors, 3 years,
  • for felonies 7 years.

The court will provide new petitions to expunge records.

We will post more information closer to October, when the law changes.

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)