Criminal rights over public safety

Ed Lasky
The new Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, is already making waves. The Boston Globe reports that he wants limit employers' ability to check the criminal backgrounds of potential employees:

Aides have been meeting with lawmakers and advocates working to limit the scope of the Criminal Offender Record Information law, which gives many employers broad access to criminal records. Activists argue that many applicants are rejected for jobs based on minor criminal convictions, crimes unrelated to the post, or records that contain errors.

Patrick has not yet settled on specific legislation, an aide said, but wants to give employers access only to criminal information that is relevant to the job being sought. Under current law, employers approved by the state's Criminal History Records Board can review an applicant's entire record.

"He believes employers must have access to information for positions where the safety of employees, customers, clients, or the public is a concern," said his spokesman Kyle Sullivan. He added that Patrick "supports law enforcement having broad and unlimited access to CORI."

Of course, if said employees attack customers of the employers? Well, then the employer can be sued by the victims for hiring a person with a criminal background!

The perfect liberal money machine, given the propensity of the tort bar to support Democrats. 

The new Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, is already making waves. The Boston Globe reports that he wants limit employers' ability to check the criminal backgrounds of potential employees:

Aides have been meeting with lawmakers and advocates working to limit the scope of the Criminal Offender Record Information law, which gives many employers broad access to criminal records. Activists argue that many applicants are rejected for jobs based on minor criminal convictions, crimes unrelated to the post, or records that contain errors.

Patrick has not yet settled on specific legislation, an aide said, but wants to give employers access only to criminal information that is relevant to the job being sought. Under current law, employers approved by the state's Criminal History Records Board can review an applicant's entire record.

"He believes employers must have access to information for positions where the safety of employees, customers, clients, or the public is a concern," said his spokesman Kyle Sullivan. He added that Patrick "supports law enforcement having broad and unlimited access to CORI."

Of course, if said employees attack customers of the employers? Well, then the employer can be sued by the victims for hiring a person with a criminal background!

The perfect liberal money machine, given the propensity of the tort bar to support Democrats.