Criminal record information and access to opportunity: Using the 2010 CORI reform as a natural experiment

Grant Type: doctoral

Grant Year: 2019

Grant Amount: $15,000

Grant description:

Russell will explore whether the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information, or CORI, reform affected the likelihood that ex-offenders moved to higher-opportunity neighborhoods. This work sits at the intersection of two important policy areas—criminal justice reform and neighborhood access/mobility—and brings a racial lens to the question. It also seeks to understand whether the reform promotes statistical racial discrimination in housing, as some research has suggested “Ban the Box” laws unintentionally have.

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