Criminal records are currently kept on the police computers for 100 years. This does not allow a person with a criminal record to become rehabilitated and find work without their past record being known. There are many well qualified people with criminal records that are spent, but still cannot find work. Why not delete criminal records after a suitable period and allow these people to find work, and get on with their lives.
Why does this idea matter?
Many unemployed people have criminal records that are spent. But due to their records being kept on police computers for 100 years, and the fact that most jobs are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, they cannot find work. Why not delete criminal records after a suitable period, and allow these people who are obviously rehabilitated get off the dole into employment. Keeping a persons record on police computers for 100 years is like punishing the person for the rest of their life.
Perhaps the records could be removed from the computers where CRB checks and other security services get there records, and put onto computers that only police use for finding if someone has committed offences in the past.