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.

repeal the retention of minor convictions on the police national computer

until the end of 2006 it was possible to apply to have  one's criminal record erased in the case of minor and long-ago offences. now these offences, although they may only appear on a CRB at police discretion, remain on the PNC until 100 years after the death of the subject.

Why is this idea important?

until the end of 2006 it was possible to apply to have  one's criminal record erased in the case of minor and long-ago offences. now these offences, although they may only appear on a CRB at police discretion, remain on the PNC until 100 years after the death of the subject.

Spent convictions table and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

The whole matter of spent convictions, their retention on CRB and police files and the obligation for offenders to disclose them needs urgent review.    Offences should be categorised along with a table of time limits, beyond which those offences are automatically removed from the records.

In particular, concern should be shown about indictments against young people, where the need to rehabilitate carries even greater import.

Sensible rehabilitation must mean sensible rehabilitation …  and the law must be seen as having been enacted in good faith.   

Why is this idea important?

The whole matter of spent convictions, their retention on CRB and police files and the obligation for offenders to disclose them needs urgent review.    Offences should be categorised along with a table of time limits, beyond which those offences are automatically removed from the records.

In particular, concern should be shown about indictments against young people, where the need to rehabilitate carries even greater import.

Sensible rehabilitation must mean sensible rehabilitation …  and the law must be seen as having been enacted in good faith.   

Remove old and trivial convictions

Please remove old and trivial convictions from the CRB.  I mean things like convictions for credit violations, juvenile theft, using bad cheques or minor deception.  Why not give these people another chance in later life if their records have remained unchanged for, say, 10 years. 

Why is this idea important?

Please remove old and trivial convictions from the CRB.  I mean things like convictions for credit violations, juvenile theft, using bad cheques or minor deception.  Why not give these people another chance in later life if their records have remained unchanged for, say, 10 years. 

Criminal record for small amounts of drugs

I think that we should stop criminalising people for the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal consumption and concentrate our efforts on tackling drug dealers and importers coupled with education to reduce the problem.

Giving people criminal records in their teens and early twenties does not act as a deterrent and simply makes it harder to get a job in the future making them more likely to feel hopeless and, guess what, take more drugs!

Maybe being sent for enforcable "rehab" but with no criminal record would be a good approach for people caught with small amounts?

Why is this idea important?

I think that we should stop criminalising people for the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal consumption and concentrate our efforts on tackling drug dealers and importers coupled with education to reduce the problem.

Giving people criminal records in their teens and early twenties does not act as a deterrent and simply makes it harder to get a job in the future making them more likely to feel hopeless and, guess what, take more drugs!

Maybe being sent for enforcable "rehab" but with no criminal record would be a good approach for people caught with small amounts?