The CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) law effects every Massachusetts criminal justice agency and virtually every person who comes into contact with the criminal justice system. Since its 1972 passage, this law has been the subject of considerable debate and criticism. Enacted at a time when control over the accuracy and completeness of criminal records was virtually nonexistent, the CORI law (M.G.L. c.6, S167 through S178B) was aimed at upgrading the quality of criminal records in the commonwealth, ultimately in automated form.
The Diocese of Worcester performs CORI checks as part of a general background check for employement, volunteer work, or licensing purposes. For more information on CORI law and the entire Diocese of Worcester's CORI policy, please review the following documents: