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Friday, October 3, 2003

The CORI Report


What's on it?

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.

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