Successes

This section contains the stories of people with convictions who have managed to overcome the difficulties of living with a criminal record.

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I thought “offenders” were different to me until my friend received a criminal record

Annie found it hard to empathise with anybody that had a criminal record until her friend received a conviction and went to prison. I’ve been running my own hairdressing business for approximately 25 years now and, I’m happy to say that it’s very successful. I’m based in

I’ve been fortunate that my stupidity hasn’t been held against me

On paper Keith’s conviction for arson sounds terrible but, the key to his success has been his ability to disclose it openly and honestly to any college/university or employer that asks. I left home at the age of 16 and for the next two years stayed with

My life has been enriched since challenging my SOPO

A series of terrible incidents relating to his criminal record led Gerry to apply to have his SOPO revoked with a very positive outcome. Back in 2009 I was convicted of a downloading offence which resulted in a community sentence and an indefinite SOPO. In the years

A journey from entering the Koestler Awards to studying at the Royal Drawing School

This post originally appeared on the Koestler Arts website and is reproduced with permission and thanks. I found my creative side about 12 years ago whilst I was serving a six-year sentence in a young offender institution. I was locked up for 23 hours a day, in

I had to face the consequences of breaking the law, why shouldn’t local councils?

Having discovered that his local council were acting unlawfully by requesting a copy of his subject access request from the police, Mikey wasn’t content with a simple ‘sorry’ from them. Last year I reapplied to go on the councils housing list as in 2017 I’d been refused

Reflections on the last decade from a person with a criminal record

As we enter a new decade, Amy looks back at her experiences over the past 10 years. Stepping into 2020, I’m sure you can’t have failed to notice the huge amount of people that joined in the Instagram 10-Year Challenge, posting photographs of themselves in 2010 and

Forgiving myself was harder than being forgiven by others

Following his conviction for murder, Toby never believed that he deserved to be happy or to move on with his life. Read about his journey to forgiveness. If you ask the general public what offenders are the most dangerous or what the most heinous offence is most

An education, a job and a future; look how my life has changed

Despite a pretty awful childhood, the support of her foster family enabled Maddie to follow her dream of becoming a social worker. My childhood sounds like something from a Martina Cole novel. I came from one of those families that you see on the Jeremy Kyle show.

I fought the big guys and won – getting a newspaper article removed

Having successfully applied to have links to her name removed from search engines such as Google and Bing, Lucy decided to make a request to the newspaper to have the source article taken down. My conviction was 25 years ago but it had made the press and

Credit where credit’s due – opening a bank accounts with a fraud conviction

Despite struggling to open a basic account with two high-street banks because of her conviction for fraud, Janice found the answer to her problems in the shape of her local Credit Union. I’d been in prison for almost 4 years when I became eligible to move to

Lets be inclusive not exclusive – a possible solution to re-offending

Andi is of the firm belief that inclusion is at the heart of preventing re-offending. Read how his own experiences have shaped his views. I had a childhood that was plagued with crime, poverty, drugs, violence and adversity. This meant spending some time in care, school exclusion

It took prison to help get my gambling addiction under control

Gambling, like alcohol, is a legal vice; for most people, it doesn’t cause a problem. However, for some, gambling can become a destructive addiction that destroys their lives. That’s the experience that Max had.    For the last 8 years of my life I have suffered with