Are you from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background and have a criminal record? We want to hear from you!

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A criminal record can be a real obstacle in getting on in life. But what we don’t know is if people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups face additional barriers that white people don’t.

Unlock is an independent charity for people with criminal records. We’re collecting evidence that will help us to better understand the barriers that BAME groups face in terms of their criminal record.

Our focus is mainly on the issues that people face after they’ve received their criminal record. However, we’re also keen to identify any issues that BAME groups might face earlier on in the process of getting a criminal record that have an impact later on in terms of the criminal record and its consequences on them.

So what do we want to know? 

We’re keen to hear from a wide range of voices, not just those that have been to prison. So, whether you’ve been to prison, given probation, fined or given a caution, we want to hear from you.

We’ve put together a short online survey for people with a criminal record – it should only take 10-15 minutes to complete, and all responses will be confidential and no personal details shared externally.

Your answers will directly inform our recommendations for structural and practical changes. These recommendations will be shared with people who have the power to make changes.

There’s also an option to put your email address if you’re happy for us to contact you about your response. For more details on what we do with your personal data, see our privacy policy.

We also welcome responses from practitioners and organisations that have experience in this area. If that’s you, you can share your thoughts by emailing them to

The initial deadline for responses is 5pm on Thursday 20th December.

Thank you for your support.


Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock



More information

Complete the short online survey

This work is part of our Unlocking Experience project.

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