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

Since the High Court ruling in January, which found that the current criminal record disclosure scheme for standard/enhanced checks was disproportionate, lots of people have been asking us what would happen next. We’re now in a position to say that the Government has appealed against the High Court ruling (which to some extent we expected) –

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Last week the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) published an independent review that has been conducted into their barring operations. As part of our fair access to employment project, we acted as a stakeholder and fed in our thoughts to the review team. Although the review has only just been published, the date on 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

Our helpline receives enquiries every day from individuals who have accepted cautions without feeling like they understand the effects of it. The Home Office guidance on cautions states that ‘the significance of the admission of guilt in agreeing to accept a caution must be fully and clearly explained to the individual before they are cautioned.’

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In February 2016, we were invited by Plias Resettlement to visit Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville prisons to present workshops on criminal records and disclosure (they deliver the National Careers Service contract there). The aim was to look at the ongoing effects of a criminal record, how this can affect a person’s ability to reintegrate into

              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).

Press Release – 22nd January 2016 The High Court has today declared the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The judgment relates to the rule that anyone who has more than one conviction on their criminal record – regardless of the minor nature of the offences, how

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We’ve published our response to the consultation published in October 2015 by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on their revised draft expectations for police custody. Download: Unlock’s response to the consultation

The High Court will tomorrow hear a legal challenge, with the support of Unlock, to the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme. There are two cases being heard on Tuesday 8th December, both focusing on how the system forces people with more than one conviction to disclose them forever when applying for areas of work that involve standard or enhanced

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In September, the Scottish Government announced a consultation on a Remedial Order that they’d brought into force on the 10th September. This, in practice, brought into force a filtering process that applied to standard and enhanced checks processed by Disclosure Scotland, similar to the filtering process operated by the Disclosure & Barring Service. Although our

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We’ve submitted our written response to the consultation by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland on plans to introduce a filtering review process for criminal record checks in Northern Ireland. Broadly, we support the plans, but urge the Northern Ireland Assembly to go further, in the same way that we continue to urge the UK Government to

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