MBA co-sponsors MassINC forum on CORI reform

Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017
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MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano provides welcoming remarks at the March 21 forum on CORI reform.

The Massachusetts Bar Association co-sponsored a MassINC forum with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on March 21 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

The forum, "Measuring Impact: CORI reform on employment & recidivism rates," featured a presentation of new research findings from a report issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's New England Public Policy Center, in addition to a panel discussion. MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano and Dr. Robert Triest of the Boston Fed's New England Public Policy Center provided welcoming remarks.

The report, "Reintegrating the Ex-Offender Population in the U.S. Labor Market: Lessons from the CORI Reform in Massachusetts," explores the effect of Massachusetts CORI reform on ex-offenders' employment and recidivism rates; it found small reductions in each.

Panelists for the discussion portion of the event were Senator William Brownsberger (D-Belmont), chair, Joint Committee on the Judiciary; Pauline Quirion, Greater Boston Legal Services; Darrin Howell, 1199 SEIU; and Madeline Neighly, Council of State Governments.