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New report finds credit union accounts improve the prospects of people leaving prison Research carried out by Unlock and the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion at Liverpool John Moores University has highlighted 13 credit unions working in partnership with 21 local prisons to reduce re-offending. Credit unions are providing savings accounts to people in prison,

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CRB’s and second chances

Monday, 07 January 2013 by

As part of of the ongoing Court of Appeal case about CRB checks, we’ve written an article for thejusticegap.com. You can read the article here.

Banking before release

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 by

We’ve written a letter in this month’s edition of Inside Time, the prison newspaper, updating people on the progress of our Unlocking Banking project. You can read the letter here.

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Our Christopher Stacey has written an article for the Probation Journal, looking at the marketisation of the criminal justice system, and asking a simple question; who is the customer? You can read the article here.

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Wipetheslateclean campaign launched by former PCC candidate forced to step down due to conviction New European Court ruling could mean a change for UK criminal record disclosure Unlock, a charity set up by people with convictions, is calling for changes to how the UK treats criminal record information. As the polls open for the new

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The news that prospective Coventry Blaze ice hockey team player Mike Denton has been refused a visa to enter the country because of his criminal conviction, sparks the debate of whether reformed offenders should be given a second chance. We contribute to a discussion on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. You can listen to the interview

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Working prisoners

Friday, 10 August 2012 by

Christopher Stacey discusses on Radio Wales the issue of prisoners working both in and outside of prison. The interview can be listened to below.

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Prisoners who take jobs outside jail have launched a High Court challenge to keep a great share of their wages, claiming too much goes to victim support. We’re featured in the article as we’re supporting the case. Read the article here.

We’ve taken part in a Radio 4 discussion about insurance and convictions. The piece can be listened to below. There is also a link to more information about the piece here.

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Should Luke McCormick be able to play professional football once he’s released from prison? Christopher Stacey speaks to BBC Wiltshire on the need for society to allow law-abiding people with convictions to move on with their lives once they’ve completed their sentence. The interview is available to listen to below.

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We’ve taken part in a radio discussion on BBC West Midlands to discuss a local council with a proposed policy of carrying out police checks on potential council tenants. This is available to listen to below (in two parts)

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Unlock has today won the Guardian Charity Award for its work tackling the economic and social exclusion of reformed offenders. The charity was selected as one of five winners from almost 1,000 entries, the largest number ever received in the history of the awards. The charity focuses on the ongoing discrimination which can prevent reformed

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