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Review the guidelines for the removal of minor criminal convictions

Comment 11th July 2010

Those convicted of a minor offence when young and who have since remained out of trouble should be considered for removal from the Police National Computer (PNC) instead of remaining on an individual's record throughout their lifetime.  Currently conviction information is retained until the subject is 100 years old.  Surely this affects the human rights of the individual as this information will remain on the PNC for the rest of the individual's life and is available to be released.  It is unfair that long term retention of conviction information is considered necessary, I do not feel that it is appropriate in every case. I believe there is an element of bias with future employers when reviewing job applications and an individual with criminal convictions is not necessarily treated fairly when a prospective employer is shortlisting candidates. 

Why does this matter?

Every individual should be treated fairly and I do not feel the current system for the retention of criminal information is fair and indeed appropriate.

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