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Bring in the amendments for The ROA 1974

Comment 14th July 2010

A review was carried out for The Rehabilitation Of Offenders Act 1974 in 2002 called Breaking The Circle. Some superb ideas were put forward which the government of the day recommended, with emphasis on the buffer periods for the disclosure of convictions regarding job applications. Under the current legislation a custodial sentence that exceeds 2.5 years can never become spent. This is utterly ridiculous. How does the government expect an ex-offender to to get a job if he/she has to continually disclose. Many ex-offenders have just 1 or 2 convictions, they are not hardened villains and these convictions can be from years ago, such as mine are. I accept that some convictions must be disclosed for excepted occupations eg; working with children and vulnerable adults etc. I now work in this specialised field, helping ex-offenders into sustainable employment. People contact me because they are so stressed out with being refused employment all because a conviction is still following them around. The sooner the amendments for The ROA 1974 are implemented, the better. Actions speak far louder that words !

Why does this matter?

 This is so very important. Many ex-offenders tell me that they want to get a job and break the cycle of re-offending. This is beneficial to every community in the UK. Also, HM Prisons are at bursting point. Lets get this sorted out once and for all.

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