News

This section features news that is relevant to people with convictions. This includes news covered in the press, or announcements from government or other organisations.

Unlock also publishes its own news. These are not automatically posted on this site, but you visit the News & Media section of Unlock’s website for the latest news posts.

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Writing competition open to former prisoners

The Prison Reform Trust have just launched their 2017 writing competition. The competition is open to prisoners, prisoners’ families and friends, and to former prisoners. There are three categories: A comment piece A short story A lyric/rap. With the prison and probation service at a crossroads, this

Do you live in Scotland? Do you have a criminal record? Can you help?

Disclosure Scotland is currently reviewing it’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and is looking for views. We thought it was a great opportunity for people with a criminal record in Scotland to have their say and potentially make a difference to important legislation that will have a

Landmark Court of Appeal ruling – Government loses appeal against DBS filtering regime – Ruling gives hope to thousands of people trying to put their past behind them

For those of you that have been following the work we’ve been doing on challenging the DBS ‘filtering’ process, we’ve heard today that the Court of Appeal has rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision of the High Court in January last year. This ruled that the

Have your say on mental health conditions in prison

If you’ve had experience of being in prison (or being transferred between a prison and a secure hospital) while having mental health conditions, or if you have a friend or loved one with such experience, the Joint Committee on Human Rights wants to hear from you. They

Has an employer wrongly checked your official criminal record? – Get in touch

As part of our Fair Access to Employment project we’re looking for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate criminal record checks. We’re gathering this information to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks. We’re especially keen

Piece in The Economist – “In Britain, criminal records dog offenders for decades”

Yesterday The Economist published an excellent piece, making the point that “the long memory of the law may limit the chance of rehabilitation”. Following the recent Law Commission report, and ahead of the Court of Appeal hearing into the current DBS filtering legal challenge, the article highlights Britain’s punitive

Sorry for the problems with the site this week

I wanted to write a post to explain about the problems you might have been experiencing with our site this week. Alongside many other websites, theRecord was having a problem with a digital hack which we understand has affected thousands of websites recently. Our website platform provider

Trustee or senior manager of a charity and have convictions? Are you affected by the Charities Act 2016?

People with convictions play an important role in many charities, particularly those working in the criminal justice sector. Becoming a trustee or leading a charity as part of the senior management team are important roles that people with convictions should be encouraged to take on, and we

A big thank you to Maureen – The power of peer support

We’ve recently been sent this blog by Paula who was keen that we share it to let people know how important volunteers in prison and fellow prisoners are in supporting others to survive.   It was the anniversary of my release from prison yesterday and these words

Possible legal remedies for the online publication of spent convictions

If you have a spent conviction and are suffering reputational harm or distress as a result of material about that conviction being published online and/or which features in online searches against your name, legal remedies may be available. We are currently working with Carter-Ruck, a law firm