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People with criminal convictions are not the most popular group in society. However, once somebody has served their sentence and doesn’t re-offend, it’s in everybody’s interests to enable them to move on positively with their lives and contribute actively to society. And we’re not talking about a
by Richard, Editor of theRecord We gathered where the laws are made, where the Law Lords do their thing; the place where the wallpaper costs £59,000 (see image). And I was defensive. Having a conviction more or less bars me from taking part in politics, the press
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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