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.

You can sign up to receive email updates from Unlock, which can include latest updates to this site, the Unlock site and the information hub.

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

Sort Posts by:

Unlock reception at the House of Lords

by Erica Crompton “I’ve got to run soon,” says Lord Ramsbotham, life peer in the House of Lords and president of Unlock. Speaking at Unlock’s reception, he adds: “But before I do I have to say, this is one of the nicest rooms in the House of

Unlocking Criminal Record Checks

Christopher Stacey A lot of the contributions to theRecord tend to focus around the difficulties people face in trying to find work with a criminal record. So, I thought it would be helpful to write a quick post from Unlock, just to flag up a new guide

One conviction or multiple offences? The DBS filtering process

Christopher Stacey Ever since we published our Information Hub guide on the new DBS filtering process, our Helpline has been receiving queries left, right and centre about the filtering process and how it applies to them. It’s fair to say that, in lots of cases, it doesn’t

Scottish Government consult on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Christopher Stacey  This week, the Scottish Government has (finally) launched its consultation on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. England & Wales has passed its own reforms on this (although they’re still waiting to come into force), but these will not change the situation in Scotland. The

Call for submissions, from the new co-editors

Richard & Tyler, Co-editors of theRecord theRecord is a free online magazine for law-abiding people with convictions. We are always on the lookout for interesting contributions by people who have a criminal record. Articles can be about people’s success stories, the struggles of living a law-abiding life

theRecord is back!

If you thought we’d been a little quiet recently, we hope we can make it up to you with the news that theRecord has gone live online! For the last few months we’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes to build a brand new website that’s just aching for

DBS start filtering cautions and convictions

Christopher Stacey, Unlock As some of you may have seen from the news, the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has started, as of yesterday, a process of ‘filtering’ for cautions and convictions held on the Police National Computer.Today, we’ve published our own detailed guide on how the

Prison doesn’t work according to judge

David Honeywell A judge recently caused outrage when while sentencing 26-year-old Richard Rochford for burglary, he said it was courageous to burgle someone’s home. Judge Peter Bowers The Teesside Crown Court judge also said he thought prison did criminals “little good”. His remarks sparked criticism and Prime

Women in Prison Conference

Kelly I was asked by Jo-Anne the manager of the Oasis project if on Tuesday 13th September 2011, I would like to attend a conference in London with her in reference to do with women in prison. Questions had been sent to women in prison, to be

An open letter to Chris Grayling from an ‘old lag’

Dear Mr Grayling, I read with great interest your speech on Tuesday. As someone who has been to prison, and now recruits and trains mentors, I am doing the work you want to encourage. But I find your description of me as an ‘old lag’ offensive and

CRB + ISA = DBS

Christopher Stacey As many regular readers (and followers of Unlock on Twitter) will already know, on December 1st 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau was merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure & Barring Service. For some time now, Unlock has been working on detailed

Convictions and Employment Law

Christopher Stacey Following a detailed piece of work for Unlock by a volunteer, we’ve recently published our first ever detailed guide on the issue of convictions and employment law. We’re hoping that it will help to inform people about where they stand with employers when it comes