Patrick is proposing to establish a secure Internet site which would allow access to both potential employers and people with criminal records. The employers (and other entities, such as licensing boards, organizations and landlords) would be able to access the site to view criminal records, while people with criminal records would be able to see who has been checking their records.
To obtain a criminal record check currently costs eligible employers $15 for each person’s record. The system proposed by Patrick would charge $20 to $35 per check of the database. Ideally, the newer system would be more efficient and easier to navigate.
Right now, offenders with a misdemeanor on their record can petition to have their record sealed by the court after ten-years; Patrick is proposing to cut this waiting period down to five-years. The Governor is also seeking to reduce the waiting period for sealing felony records from the current fifteen-year period down to ten-years. Additionally, the new bill would expand the rights job applicants have for reviewing and contesting the accuracy of the record before being rejected by the employer because of it.