Remove Gross Indecency Convictions from all records

The European Court of Human Rights in the case ADT versus The UK (July 2000) found the old gross indecency law (men who have sex with other men – consenting adult sex) to be contravene human rights.

The UK government repealed the gross indecency law, which only applied to gay male sex, in December 2000. Yet those historic convictions remain in place on police and court records to be used over and over again to perpetuate the discrimination against gay men who engaged in consensual adult sex.

Amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (which is in the Coalition Agreement) does nothing to remove those records from the PNC, court records, and other local police records -and DNA,  fingerprint and photo databases.

Remove all records relating to the decriminalised offence of gross indecency.

Why is this idea important?

The European Court of Human Rights in the case ADT versus The UK (July 2000) found the old gross indecency law (men who have sex with other men – consenting adult sex) to be contravene human rights.

The UK government repealed the gross indecency law, which only applied to gay male sex, in December 2000. Yet those historic convictions remain in place on police and court records to be used over and over again to perpetuate the discrimination against gay men who engaged in consensual adult sex.

Amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (which is in the Coalition Agreement) does nothing to remove those records from the PNC, court records, and other local police records -and DNA,  fingerprint and photo databases.

Remove all records relating to the decriminalised offence of gross indecency.

Removal of All SPENT Criminal Records from PNC, etc

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The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is outdated and needs to be brought up to date to reflect CRB, ISA, ECHR (Human Rights Laws).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 is this idea important?

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.

 

Criminal Justice Rules – GROSS INDECENCY

Amend the Criminal Justice rules to allow men convicted of engaging in consensual adult sex with another man (an activity no longer illegal since the full decriminalisation of gross indecency in 2003) to return to court and have their convictions quashed.

Why is this idea important?

Amend the Criminal Justice rules to allow men convicted of engaging in consensual adult sex with another man (an activity no longer illegal since the full decriminalisation of gross indecency in 2003) to return to court and have their convictions quashed.