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State Laws on Background Checks - Massachusetts


M.G.L.A. 6 §172H

Any entity or organization primarily engaged in providing activities or programs to children 18 years of age or less shall obtain “all available criminal offender record information” from the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services prior to accepting any person as an employee, volunteer, vendor or contractor. “All available criminal offender record information” means all adult and youthful offender convictions, non-convictions, previous and pending hearings conducted pursuant to section 58A of chapter 276 (Pretrial Detention or Release on Condition for Certain Offenders), including requests of such hearings, transfers by the court, disposition of such requests, findings and orders, regardless of the determination, and pending criminal court appearances, but excluding criminal records sealed under section 34 of chapter 94C (sealing of record for first offense involving unauthorized possession of a controlled substance) or sections 100A to 100C of chapter 276 (sealing of certain criminal records by the Commissioner of Criminal Justice Information Services) or the existence of such records.

The screenings should be conducted via the following websites:

Criminal Offender Record Information:


The Massachusetts statute can be viewed online at: