LSC CORI Sealing Initiative

LSC CORI Sealing Initiative 

For the one in three adults that have a criminal record, ordinary essentials such as finding a well-paying job, renting safe and affordable housing, getting a student loan, or purchasing a decent car can be all but impossible to obtain.

With the 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Act accelerating and expanding sealing availability, the demand for Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) sealing in Massachusetts has increased, but existing legal resources are insufficient to meet demand.

Due to its convenient location next to the Stony Brook T Station, and its specialized projects serving domestic violence survivors, low-income students, the veteran community, and others, the Legal Services Center is uniquely positioned to leverage our existing resources to expand access to CORI Sealing and to respond directly to requests for this service from clients and community partners through our CORI Sealing Workshops.

About CORI Sealing Workshops

Through LSC’s CORI workshops, clients can receive free assistance in sealing their criminal records. Workshops will be held every third Tuesday of the month from 4-6pm through November 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone in need of CORI sealing assistance is welcome to participate if:

  • It has been 3 years since the last misdemeanor conviction; OR
  • 7 years since the last felony conviction.

While there is not a fee to attend the CORI Sealing Workshop, you must bring a $25 check to access your CORI. If you receive food stamps, cash assistance, MassHealth, or another assistance from another public benefit program, you are eligible to waive the $25 fee.

How to Participate:

1.) Complete the online sign-up form here OR drop by the Legal Services Center to complete a registration packet. Bring a $25 check unless you qualify for food stamps, cash assistance, or another form of public benefits.

2.) Attend the CORI Sealing Workshop at the Legal Services Center on the third Tuesday of each month from 4-6pm.

  • June 18, 2019
  • July 16, 2019
  • August 20, 2019
  • September 17, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 19, 2019

Resources:

For more information, consult the LSC CORI Sealing Initiative Self-Help Guide.