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Ex-prisoner ‘Disclosure’ ‘spent’ on appeal

Comment 5th July 2010

Sentences of 6 months or more a prisoner, on release, has, by law, to dislose to future employers, landlords, insurance companies etc for 10 years.  Sentences of more than 30 months – for life.  Disclosure results in increased premiums and rents.  If the ex-prisoner cannot gain employment, benefits must be the only source of income.  If, however, he or she can prove that they have their lives back on track and have gained useful, tax-paying employment, a possible appeal should be in place to cancel the disclosure term(official term 'spent').  After all there is an appeal process against a sentence, a possible early release from prison but no appeal against disclosure, which is an added sentence after release.  The slate is not, therefore, wiped clean.

Why does this matter?

I feel disclosure is a deterrent to ex-prisoners to finding employment and/or gaining self esteem to say nothing of being a burden on the state because 'the tab' must be picked up by the state by way of benefits.

I also feel it is important because I don't think the great British public know about it.  It is not just for paedophiles, that is, quite rightly, the sex offenders register, but for all ex-prisoners who received a sentence of 6 months or more.


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