If British society truly believes in rehabilitation (and I often doubt it does) then when a conviction becomes SPENT the record should be removed from the PNC, local police databases, IDENT 1 fingerprint and photograph databases.
The weeding of this information will save money. And it would allow those individuals who have rehabilitated themselves to move on with their lives -and contribute to this new "Big Society" that the government talks about.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is outdated and needs to be brought up to date to reflect CRB, ISA, ECHR (Human Rights Laws).
Furthermore, court records must also be subject to weeding – fully subject to the Data Protection Act.
Why does this idea matter?
It will save money. And allow being who have rehabilitated themselves to move on with their lives. If we truly believe people can change and rehabilitate themselves why should their history continuing be brought up and risk damaging the changes they have made in their lives?