According to the CHSB (Criminal History
Systems Board), the state agency responsible for compiling a
CORI report, the report contains all criminal offenses by an
individual, whether the charges were dismissed or are open pending
a finding. Misdemeanors are evaluated differently from felonies.
The new law allows juvenile records to be accessed. Parking tickets
would not be a criminal offense, but arrest and arraignment following
a public protest would appear on a CORI record.
How are offenses judged?
Offenses fall into three categories:
Mandatory Disquali-fication (e.g., extortion, man-slaughter),
which means the individual cannot work/volunteer with the target
population; Ten-Year Presumptive Disqualification (e.g., burglary
unarmed, bomb scare), which means the individual cannot work/volunteer
for ten years; and Five-Year Presumptive Disquali-fication, (e.g.,
assault by dangerous weapon, vandalize school), which means the
person cannot work/volunteer for five years. In addition, a report
could indicate a Dis-cretionary Disqualification (e.g., assault
and battery on a police officer, being present where heroin is
kept). In that case it is up to the reviewer to decide whether
the person should be restricted from working with children.
At a recent meeting with parents Carlisle
Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson mentioned that the CORI reports
in fact frequently turn up court ap-pearances and other records,
often relating to youthful indiscretions, but that she has not
needed to exclude anyone from volunteering.