At present, any criminal offence, however minor, can remain on a police database indefinitely, in practice for many years. This can have an adverse effect for somebody obtaining employment. Not only criminal convictions are included, but cautions and reprimands. In my view, after a period of time, providing there are no further offences, details should be removed from all police databases.
Why is this idea important?
Anybody is capable of making a mistake. I believe that somebody who commits a crime should be punished, but providing he or she has learned form their mistake, they should be able to live a normal life and enjoy the same benefits as any other member of the community.
A criminal act should not result in a life sentence