Spent convictions (minor) should be cleared from the PNC

I would like to see a limit on storing and sharing information about spent convictions after a period of time and believe it minor criminal records should be scraped after a period of time.

I believe the current status recently ammended to expand the data to employers on spent convictions are a disgrace and will allow for discrimination in the workplace for many young people who may have got into a bit of bother as teenagers.

A criminal conviction 20 years ago for theft should not hang around a persons neck as an intrusive life sentence and there should be limitations as to how long the police can hold such information. I am not talking about serious crime like murder or rape etc., CRB checks are in place to protect people at risk, not to continually punish reformed people who may have made a few mistakes many many years ago.

The current status quo in the UK is in my humble opinion unfair, discriminatory and quite frankly disgusting.
Not only is it possibly a breech the Human Rights Act, it makes the notion of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 absolutely worthless.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see a limit on storing and sharing information about spent convictions after a period of time and believe it minor criminal records should be scraped after a period of time.

I believe the current status recently ammended to expand the data to employers on spent convictions are a disgrace and will allow for discrimination in the workplace for many young people who may have got into a bit of bother as teenagers.

A criminal conviction 20 years ago for theft should not hang around a persons neck as an intrusive life sentence and there should be limitations as to how long the police can hold such information. I am not talking about serious crime like murder or rape etc., CRB checks are in place to protect people at risk, not to continually punish reformed people who may have made a few mistakes many many years ago.

The current status quo in the UK is in my humble opinion unfair, discriminatory and quite frankly disgusting.
Not only is it possibly a breech the Human Rights Act, it makes the notion of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 absolutely worthless.

MINOR CRIMINAL RECORDS must be deleted

Sunita Mason, Nick Clegg, David Cameron, please please for the sake of the nation, for the sake of this United Kingdom please WIPE CLEAN the slate of people humans who have a single criminal record (minor convictions) and we will love you for ever.

This was due to happen, so close, so close of this happening which woul dhave meant the Police from 5 constabularies would have had to delete OLD MINOR records.

I want to stress, that the deletion used o occur, i.e after 10 years or less minor convictions used to get erased, and cautions.  Obviosuly if that person was arrested again, than he gets dealt with, but what are the stats or chances of a person re-offending after 10 years? please tell me Nick Clegg.

 

Why is this idea important?

Sunita Mason, Nick Clegg, David Cameron, please please for the sake of the nation, for the sake of this United Kingdom please WIPE CLEAN the slate of people humans who have a single criminal record (minor convictions) and we will love you for ever.

This was due to happen, so close, so close of this happening which woul dhave meant the Police from 5 constabularies would have had to delete OLD MINOR records.

I want to stress, that the deletion used o occur, i.e after 10 years or less minor convictions used to get erased, and cautions.  Obviosuly if that person was arrested again, than he gets dealt with, but what are the stats or chances of a person re-offending after 10 years? please tell me Nick Clegg.

 

Criminal Record Retention

The length of time that some criminal offences are kept on record is inappropriate, unjust, and disproportionate to the crimes themselves. Draconian would not be a hyperbole.

For example, I was 'cautioned' at the age of thirteen for possession of a class B substance (a very small amount of Cannabis) and, despite not having been cautioned, warned, charged, or convicted of a single offence since, the caution is still on my record. It can never be deleted.

It has cost me jobs in the past and I am sure it will lend itself to further prejudice from employers in the future. I recently graduated from one of the top universities in Europe and yet this blemish on my record continues to blight my future job prospects and earning potential. Is that what criminal justice is supposed to be about? Would that be a fair and moral punishment for such a minor offence?

I have held lengthy conversations with the police force about this and they have generally been both helpful and honest. They too seem to share my bemusement and frustration over the present system. 

All I can hope for now is that my caution is 'stepped down', a term that means it can be hidden from employers but not from the police force. The 'step down period' of possession of a class B substance for a young offender is, astonishingly, 10 years. Possession of a class B substance is deemed to be an Offence Group A crime, along with other fairly harmless stuff like 'Genocide', 'Murder', 'Rape', and, my personal favourite, 'Infanticide' (that's the practice of intentionally killing an infant). So, as a young member of society, I have been lumped together with murderers, rapists, and the genocidally insane. Great.

Now, I am well aware that the laws regarding criminal record retention changed in 2006 after the Ian Huntley case. The previous system (the one that existed before 2006) deleted, or was supposed to delete, all warnings, cautions, charges and convictions from a young offender's record once they had turned 18. But guess what? In 2006 I had already turned 18. I was in fact 20 years of age. My caution was supposed to have been deleted 2 years previously. But, alas, it was not and is still sitting pretty on my criminal record. Good old fashioned British police negligence. It really does bring a tear to one's eye.

What I propose is quite simple really. This system needs a complete overhaul. Why equate smoking cannabis to raping and murdering a young child? What sort of message does that give? Individuals like me, who have committed such minor offences, should clearly not be castigated by a punitive and unfair system. This needs changing. Now.

Why is this idea important?

The length of time that some criminal offences are kept on record is inappropriate, unjust, and disproportionate to the crimes themselves. Draconian would not be a hyperbole.

For example, I was 'cautioned' at the age of thirteen for possession of a class B substance (a very small amount of Cannabis) and, despite not having been cautioned, warned, charged, or convicted of a single offence since, the caution is still on my record. It can never be deleted.

It has cost me jobs in the past and I am sure it will lend itself to further prejudice from employers in the future. I recently graduated from one of the top universities in Europe and yet this blemish on my record continues to blight my future job prospects and earning potential. Is that what criminal justice is supposed to be about? Would that be a fair and moral punishment for such a minor offence?

I have held lengthy conversations with the police force about this and they have generally been both helpful and honest. They too seem to share my bemusement and frustration over the present system. 

All I can hope for now is that my caution is 'stepped down', a term that means it can be hidden from employers but not from the police force. The 'step down period' of possession of a class B substance for a young offender is, astonishingly, 10 years. Possession of a class B substance is deemed to be an Offence Group A crime, along with other fairly harmless stuff like 'Genocide', 'Murder', 'Rape', and, my personal favourite, 'Infanticide' (that's the practice of intentionally killing an infant). So, as a young member of society, I have been lumped together with murderers, rapists, and the genocidally insane. Great.

Now, I am well aware that the laws regarding criminal record retention changed in 2006 after the Ian Huntley case. The previous system (the one that existed before 2006) deleted, or was supposed to delete, all warnings, cautions, charges and convictions from a young offender's record once they had turned 18. But guess what? In 2006 I had already turned 18. I was in fact 20 years of age. My caution was supposed to have been deleted 2 years previously. But, alas, it was not and is still sitting pretty on my criminal record. Good old fashioned British police negligence. It really does bring a tear to one's eye.

What I propose is quite simple really. This system needs a complete overhaul. Why equate smoking cannabis to raping and murdering a young child? What sort of message does that give? Individuals like me, who have committed such minor offences, should clearly not be castigated by a punitive and unfair system. This needs changing. Now.

INTRODUCE AN EFFECTIVE FILTERING SYSTEM FOR CRIMINAL RECORDS

A policy to 'step down' or 'filter'  criminal records should be introduced as per Sunita Mason's recent review.

Convictions should not be disclosed to employers after a specified period of time.

There is always a stigma attached to having 'been in trouble' or having made a mistake in the past.

You should not have to pay all your life for having made a mistake

Why is this idea important?

A policy to 'step down' or 'filter'  criminal records should be introduced as per Sunita Mason's recent review.

Convictions should not be disclosed to employers after a specified period of time.

There is always a stigma attached to having 'been in trouble' or having made a mistake in the past.

You should not have to pay all your life for having made a mistake

That the Government restore freedom and liberty by removing the Enhanced CRB and retaining the original Police Check – now known as Standard CRB

As a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to the murder of two school girls by Ian Huntley, at the time employed as a school caretaker, the Government introduced ‘Enhanced CRB’ checks. Where the Standard CRB’ records any previous convictions, the enhanced version allows the police to record, under ‘any other information’ any non-factual comments, suspicions, unfounded allegations and indeed anything the police feel they wish to record. The person for whom this Enhanced CRB is completed has little, if any, course of reproach about what information is recorded. Even where someone stands trial and is found not guilty by a jury, such allegations are still recorded on the Enhanced CRB. The Police are even allowed to send a separate letter to the prospective employer, containing details that the person for whom the CRB is completed has no knowledge of.

Enhanced CRB checks should end immediately and we should retain the standard CRB check only.

Why is this idea important?

As a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to the murder of two school girls by Ian Huntley, at the time employed as a school caretaker, the Government introduced ‘Enhanced CRB’ checks. Where the Standard CRB’ records any previous convictions, the enhanced version allows the police to record, under ‘any other information’ any non-factual comments, suspicions, unfounded allegations and indeed anything the police feel they wish to record. The person for whom this Enhanced CRB is completed has little, if any, course of reproach about what information is recorded. Even where someone stands trial and is found not guilty by a jury, such allegations are still recorded on the Enhanced CRB. The Police are even allowed to send a separate letter to the prospective employer, containing details that the person for whom the CRB is completed has no knowledge of.

Enhanced CRB checks should end immediately and we should retain the standard CRB check only.

CRB Checks

These should be portable from one job and/or place to another.  It is a waste of time and energy to have to do all the repeats.  They would have to be renewed/updated on a regular basis, say after 3 or 5 years

Why is this idea important?

These should be portable from one job and/or place to another.  It is a waste of time and energy to have to do all the repeats.  They would have to be renewed/updated on a regular basis, say after 3 or 5 years

Remove criminal records when spent

A criminal record is now kept on Police files for 100 years.  We should remove a criminal record after 5 years once it is spent, and after 2 years for younger people under the age of 24 for all but very serious offences.

Why is this idea important?

A criminal record is now kept on Police files for 100 years.  We should remove a criminal record after 5 years once it is spent, and after 2 years for younger people under the age of 24 for all but very serious offences.

Remove the right for the police to take DNA samples and other personal samples and Photographs

Remove the right of the Police to take (by force if necessary) DNA samples Photographs Finger prints and foot prints from any one questioned by the Police.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the right of the Police to take (by force if necessary) DNA samples Photographs Finger prints and foot prints from any one questioned by the Police.

Criminal records should be deleted after a suitable period

Criminal records are currently kept on the police computers for 100 years. This does not allow a person with a criminal record to become rehabilitated and find work without their past record being known. There are many well qualified people with criminal records that are spent, but still cannot find work. Why not delete criminal records after a suitable period and allow these people to find work, and get on with their lives.

Why is this idea important?

Criminal records are currently kept on the police computers for 100 years. This does not allow a person with a criminal record to become rehabilitated and find work without their past record being known. There are many well qualified people with criminal records that are spent, but still cannot find work. Why not delete criminal records after a suitable period and allow these people to find work, and get on with their lives.

Stop the Police National Crime Recording Standards

The best thing about the British Police was the basis that a Police Officer could use his/her common sense to resolve a matter or problem.

The Officer could make th decision if a person needed arresting or summons to Court.

The National Crime recording standards has put a stop to common sense Policing and dealing with matters that are clearly not in the publics  interest.

For example a person steals an onion from a shop. Under these guide lines it has to be crimed as a theft and the suspect interviewed if located.

In a time when Officer numbers may be getting lower getting rid of this system would free up so much Police time to allow them to concentrate on more serious and life changing problems.

 

Why is this idea important?

The best thing about the British Police was the basis that a Police Officer could use his/her common sense to resolve a matter or problem.

The Officer could make th decision if a person needed arresting or summons to Court.

The National Crime recording standards has put a stop to common sense Policing and dealing with matters that are clearly not in the publics  interest.

For example a person steals an onion from a shop. Under these guide lines it has to be crimed as a theft and the suspect interviewed if located.

In a time when Officer numbers may be getting lower getting rid of this system would free up so much Police time to allow them to concentrate on more serious and life changing problems.

 

remove finger and personal information prints from police

i think that any one convicted of a minor offence should have the option of having their finger prints and personall information removed the police data base after 5 years as long as the person has not been convicted for any other crime during the 5 year period

i was convicted of crimal damage at the age of 16 and i am now 42 and i have never been in trouble with the police since . i have though been stopped in my car  numerous time over the years and had my details checked and on occasions have police officers making commment about me being known to the police and been a good boy as they put and i find this very annoying

Why is this idea important?

i think that any one convicted of a minor offence should have the option of having their finger prints and personall information removed the police data base after 5 years as long as the person has not been convicted for any other crime during the 5 year period

i was convicted of crimal damage at the age of 16 and i am now 42 and i have never been in trouble with the police since . i have though been stopped in my car  numerous time over the years and had my details checked and on occasions have police officers making commment about me being known to the police and been a good boy as they put and i find this very annoying