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.

Unlock also publishes information updates. These are published on the information hub.

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If you come across some recent news that you think affects people with convictions (either positively or negatively), please let us know – email therecord@outlook.com

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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

Invitation to Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Alumni Party

Every year the Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) funds around 2,000 people to take distance-learning courses in prison, and this summer, they are throwing a party to celebrate their success. PET would like to invite anyone who has been involved in prison education to join them for an

Ever been to prison? What support did you get applying for benefits, finding work and returning to a normal life?

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee have launched an inquiry into the benefits and employment support available to people with convictions when they leave prison. They are interested in hearing from anybody who has had experience of the prison system. The deadline for consultation

Help us to scrap ‘disqualification by association’: The government are consulting on changes to the childcare disqualification arrangements

Ever since ‘disqualification by association’ (DbA) hit the headlines about 18 months ago, we have been working to try and scrap the regulations that have had a significant and unnecessary impact on the partners of those with a criminal record. Earlier this month, the Department for Education

US judge expunges criminal record

  The article below was originally published in The New York Times and we thought it would be of interest to people with convictions in considering how the US deal with old convictions.   How to get around a criminal record  In May 2015, a federal judge

Japan recognises ‘right to be forgotten’

This was originally published in The Guardian and reports on how a Court in Japan have ordered Google to remove links to the criminal record of a Japanese man stating that ‘criminals are entitled to have their private lives respected and rehabilitation unhindered’.    Japan recognises ‘right to

New York Times Editorial – A Criminal Record and a Fair Shot at a Job

This was originally published by the New York Times on the 13th November and we thought it would be of interest to people with convictions. A Criminal Record and a Fair Shot at a Job Nineteen states and 100 cities and counties forbid public agencies — and in some

Proof that there’s a rehabilitation period for restraining orders with no duration or time specified!

  Whilst answering enquiries for Unlock’s helpline I came across the following email from a client, which typifies the type of questions we often get asked.  This one relates to relevant orders which have ‘no specified end date’.   The following exchange between our client and Disclosure Scotland