Views & Reviews

This section features articles/opinions that have been submitted to us by people with convictions. Often, these articles comment on news and developments that affect people with convictions

It also contains reviews of things that involve people with convictions moving on with their life.

Got some views you want to share? You can find out more about contributing to theRecord, or email therecord@outlook.com.

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The Right to Forget

Editorial There’s an interesting debate in the air regarding the EU ruling on ‘the right to forget’. The EU has just passed legislation that allows individuals to block access to outdated information and stories. On one side, individuals who want hide information on the internet about the

Applying with conviction

by Richard, editor, www.the-record.org.uk I’m writing in response to Nicola Inge’s article Beyond conviction (DDN, June, page 8). The ‘Ban the Box’ campaign is an excellent idea and fully supported by online magazine theRecord and our partners at Unlock. The principle behind the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

Former MP and former prisoner Denis MacShane writes about the role of financial services in helping people released from prison

Denis MacShane, former MP and former prisoner, argues in a feature for this months’ Financial World magazine, that the financial services industry needs to do more to help discharged prisoners reintegrate into society. Thanks to Financial World, you can download the specific article here. The two main issues that Denis

The biggest week of my life?

by Christopher Stacey   It’s not often that I talk (or write) about myself when it comes to my job. Or at least not so publically. But early March was certainly the exception that. Without over-exaggerating, it could probably be regarded as the biggest week of my

‘I’m going to move on now’ – A follow up by Obsidian

I last wrote here about 9 months months ago. Since then there has been a change. New amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act are coming into force this month. Since March 10th, I  no longer need to tell many potential employers, insurance companies or other interested

A Position of Trust

By Aaron   Should those with unspent convictions should be employed in a place of trust? I worked in mental health services for nearly 5 years without any blemishes to my work record. The management asked me if I would undertake a diploma or degree in psychosocial

Are the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act enough?

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

Once a thief, always a thief?

by Baillie Aaron Thank you to Baillie for sharing this video with us, and giving permission to circulate it through theRecord Baillie Aaron is co-founder and Executive Director of Spark Inside, a UK charity supporting young people in custody through life coaching. She is also the founder

House of Lords Reception: A Refreshing Change

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

Junior James; A different deal

by Richard, Editor of theRecord Junior James is a fascinating man, a ‘larger-than-life’ character who oozes energy and enthusiasm. He’s gone from being a busy, but never happy, drug dealer to a NOMS ‘Service User of the Year’ via a spell inside. He made best use of

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

Scarred for Life: The Retention of Criminal Records and the Lack of Rehabilitation

By Ivan Marazion I write this article as someone who, in my younger days, had issues with addiction. Like many people who fall into addiction, I also fell into petty crime and in my late teens was convicted of theft and burglary. I must take responsibility for