“A reformed criminal records system for children” That’s the recommendation of Charlie Taylor, whose review into youth justice was published today. In a wide-ranging review, there’s a specific section on criminal records (pages 25 and 26).   He proposes that the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office should: “Develop a distinct approach to how childhood offending

Our written evidence to the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the disclosure of youth criminal records has been published on the Parliament website. Alongside a number of recommendations, we’ve included five anonymous personal experiences. Next week, we’re taking a small group of people to Westminster to share their personal stories with MP’s on the Committee.   The specific

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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

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We’re pleased that, after joint efforts by Unlock and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ), the Justice Committee has launched a short inquiry into the system governing the disclosure of criminal records in relation to offences committed by people when under 18 years old. Given the Committee’s recent inquiry into young adults in the

Lord Ramsbotham, Unlock’s President, has introduced a Private Members Bill into the House of Lords which would shorten the rehabilitation periods that apply under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). The Bill, which had it’s first reading yesterday, proposes a number of changes. One of most significant elements is that sentences of over 4

              A child who has offended in England and Wales is shackled to the mistakes of their past by a criminal record system which is punitive, and holds them back from reaching their full potential, according to a report released today by the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ).

We’ve submitted our written response to the Scottish Governments’ consultation on proposals to reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Broadly, we support the proposals, but urge the Scottish Government to go further, in the same way that we continue to urge the UK Government to build on the reforms that came into force in

Yesterday, our Co-Director , Christopher Stacey, spoke at an event held by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, to support their campaign to introduce ‘spent convictions’ legislation in Ireland. Christopher has blogged about his visit here.

We regularly get asked how many people have unspent convictions. Since the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act was amended in March 2014, the number of people whose conviction is unspent is expected to have reduced significantly, but nobody really knows by how much. So, as a first attempt, we’ve pulled together some data which tries to

We’ve been featured in the recent ‘Big Issue in the North’, where our Co-Director, Christopher Stacey, spoke to the magazine about the recent changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, how they help many people with convictions, but how but they don’t go far enough. Thank you to the Big Issue in the North

The Supreme Court has today ruled on a landmark case, referred to as T. The full judgement can be downloaded here: [2014] UKSC 35.The two individuals involved in the case had originally appealed against the decision to disclose details of their criminal records in job applications. The individuals had been issued warnings and cautions several years ago,

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Christopher Stacey, Co-Director, Unlock comments on the issues discussed in a recent Ban the Box webinar. Quite rightly, the Ban the Box campaign is focused on a specific issue, that being the tick-box that appears on many job application forms,  frightening the life out of somebody who has a criminal record. Many people with convictions see

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