Here we set out the key issues we’re focusing on as part of our policy and campaign work.
Separately, we’ve set out our priorities for government.
Ban the Box – Unlock co-founded the campaign in 2013, calling on employers to remove questions about criminal records from application forms. This might mean asking later on, or realising that asking isn’t necessary at all. Ban the Box links with our fair access to employment project. We also have a section about this on our website for employers.
Alongside these priority areas, we have a longer list of policy issues.
We need to end the use of stigmatising language
Language matters. Using stigmatising language – like offenders and ex-offenders – in legislation, policies and practices embeds bias and stigma. Referring to people in prison or on probation as “offenders” implies people who cannot be rehabilitated By continuing to use terminology like offender and ex-offender, especially once people have served their sentence, we continue to stigmatise the individual and make it more difficult for them to make those changes in their life. We need to end the use of stigmatising language. People are people first.
Ear to the ground, voice at the top
We know that the issues people face as a result of their criminal record can vary over time and we are always keen to hear about your experiences. As a result we know there is a long list of policy issues.