If you do something wrong you should be tried by your peers, convicted in a court, and then punished. After you have served your time the slate is ‘wiped clean’ and you re enter society.
This used to be the principle, and it was a good one – one of our ‘humna rights’. This was the case even if your convictioon was serious – fraud, rape, or manslaughter (any offence other than a life sentence).
However, under current legislation the use and retention of computer records means you can be marked for life for nothing – and a growing number of bodoies can see this. Although the PNC clearly shows it is a ‘caution’ not a criminal conviction, the subtle differenc eis lost on those that access the information.
We have lost the balance of right to privacy. The boy in my story will now know that he is ‘identified’ on the Police records ’til the day he dies.