People with criminal records – An untapped talent pool that has been ignored for too long
There are over 10.5 million people in England & Wales with a criminal record, and many find themselves treated unfairly and unnecessarily held back in life because of their past.
Government has a role to play in finding solutions. The last Conservative government talked about stepping in to help those who had been ignored for too long. They also talked about “a country that works for everyone”, one where government supported and, where necessary, enforced the responsibilities we have to each other.
The solution to some of the problems that people with criminal records face require changes in legislation. Other problems require changes in attitudes and practices.
Looking ahead to beyond the 2017 election, below are the top four announcements that I’d like to see the next government make (and there are more details on each of these on our website).
Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock
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