Around 50% of offenders re-offend within a year. Lack of money for basic necessities can increase the risk of re-offending. The first few weeks after release from prison are critical. Many prisons offer some sort of basic financial advice to help ex-offenders navigate life on the outside but recent changes mean provision can be patchy.

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Christopher Stacey talks to  Three Counties Radio  on whether employers should be discouraged from asking about convictions at the  application stage.  This would give  applicants  the chance to be judged on their skills and abilities first and give them the opportunity to disclose their convictions, in person, at a later stage of the application process.

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Today the Economist has published an excellent piece, making the point that “the long memory of the law may limit the chance of rehabilitation”. Following the recent Law Commission report, and ahead of the Court of Appeal hearing into the current DBS filtering legal challenge, the article highlights Britain’s punitive approach to criminal records. Featuring the

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An article published  by Nat West suggests that one  remedy to fill the UK’s skills gap could be to hire more ex-offenders and discusses what is the best way to go about it. Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, contributes to the article, stating “We know from employers that have been proactive in recruiting people with convictions that they make good employees.

Later this year, the automatic disqualification rules will be extended to cover even more criminal convictions. The new laws will automatically disqualify people with a wide range of criminal convictions from being charity trustees or senior managers. Those affected will have to resign or apply to the Charity Commission for waivers. In this Third Sector

              Christopher Stacey speaks to Three Counties Radio on why employers should be more open to employing people with convictions (Available until 14th January 2017)

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                Unlock has spoken to BBC South East Today (no longer available online) Radio 5 live (available until 20th Oct) and Radio Kent (available until 21st) about the discrimination by employers towards people with convictions and how employers are missing out on a pool of talent by asking about an applicants criminal record on

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              Christopher Stacey speaks to BBC Three Counties Radio about the reporting of convictions online, the effect it can have and why people with convictions change their name. You can listen to the programme here  (available until 19 September 2016)    

              Christopher  Stacey speaks to Radio Stoke about the continuing problem of old/minor convictions showing up on criminal record checks . You can listen to the programme here ( 1hr 22 minutes in and available until 10th  June 2016)

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              Mainstream home and car insurers have a blanket ban on people with unspent convictions – these kinds of policies are unfair and sometimes illegal To many of the 1.2 million people convicted in court each year, it comes as a surprise to find that if they try to

Quite understandably, David Cameron’s speech on Monday was applauded for being the first one dedicated to prison reform by a Prime Minister in over 20 years. Interestingly though, as he set out his ‘agenda for a revolution in the prison system’, one of the things that caught Unlock’s attention appeared towards the end of his

This week David Cameron unveiled a raft of prison reform measures.  One of these will be  to scrap the declaration of criminal convictions in the initial application stage for civil service jobs. Responding to this announcement, Unlock’s  Christopher Stacey said: “We welcome David Camerons’ commitment to the Ban the Box campaign and in changing the recruitment practice

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