The requirement to declare offences (spent, or unspent) in applications for jobs which do not require a CRB check – ie. do not involve working with children, or vulnerable adults – allows employers to discriminate against ex-offenders who have served the sentence issued for their crime, and dramatically reduces their chances to be rehabilitated into society and be able to live a normal life and make the contribution expected of citizens.
If a person is found guilty of a second, related crime, their previous offence would still be on file, and could be taken into account in sentencing.
If people are not considered trustworthy or rehabilitated – then why are they released from prison? On release they must be given the same level of respect and opportunity and trust as anyone else.