Are you affected by a criminal record from your youth? Opportunity to share your story with MP’s

As part of the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the disclosure of youth criminal records, we’re taking a small group of people to Westminster to share their personal stories with MP’s on the Committee. It’s a really good opportunity to make sure that the Committee hears from people with personal experience of living with a criminal record.

We’re looking for people who have received a criminal record in their youth and who have been adversely affected by the current disclosure regime. The Committee’s focus is mainly on criminal records acquired in childhood (under 18) but it’s also shown an interest in criminal records acquired in early adulthood (ages 18-25). We’re looking to have some young adults in the group, as well as some older people who have been blocked from advancing their careers because of criminal records acquired as under 18s or in their early adult life.

You’ll need to be willing to attend a private meeting with MP’s on the Committee to talk about your experiences. The information might be used by the Committee in preparing its report (although it would not be attributed to any individuals concerned).

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the morning of Tuesday 13th December. The specific times and venue will be confirmed nearer the time, and reasonable travel expenses can be covered after the event by the Committee.

If you’re interested in taking part, at this stage all you need to do is send an email, in confidence, to debbie.sadler@unlock.org.uk with:

  1. Your name
  2. Your age
  3. Details of your criminal record (offences, age at the time, sentence)
  4. How you’ve been affected by the current disclosure regime
  5. Where you are in the country
  6. A contact telephone number and email address

The deadline to get in touch with us is Monday 28th November. We’ll then look at those who have expressed an interest and select a group to make sure that we get a good mix of experiences and backgrounds. As a result, we can’t guarantee to be able to take everybody that expresses an interest.

Any personal details that you send us will be entirely confidential and will not be shared outside of Unlock without your express permission. For more details on sending your details to us, click here.

The specific details of the inquiry are here

There are more general details about the work of the Justice Committee here

 

Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock

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