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CORI Reform Takes Backseat To Casinos

On Beacon Hill, criminal records reform legislation is among several bills still in limbo as negotiations continue over expanded gambling.

Boston criminal defense attorney David White is a leading advocate for CORI reform, and says House lawmakers are still at odds over a Senate version of the bill.

"We favor the Senate bill because it improves public safety by reducing crime," White said. "It helps people get back to their lives and it also has the CORI reforms that people agree should be done right now."

White also says the reform would help the state's coffers.

"It will save the commonwealth millions of dollars," White said. "They'll reduce the rate of crime and they'll help communities and families rebuild themselves after people are released to the street."

White says he's not sure the bill will pass before the legislative session concludes on July 31.

This program aired on July 23, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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