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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

Brendan’s Bridge

by Brendan Not many people I know say that they love their job, but I love mine.  I get the opportunity to work with people who are at a pivotal point in their life, where the decisions they make from this point forward can have a massive

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

Setting the record straight

by Gail* I am writing to thank you for the advice l received from you which has effectively given me a new lease of life. I was sentenced to 3 years in prison for a one count conviction of Money Laundering in 2007. I was released on

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

Six month sentence or life?

by Lucinda Neall Let me tell you about Luke. Luke has been a volunteer youth leader for the last three years at one of the youth clubs I’m involved with. He’s great with the kids, a reliable member of the team, and probably would have been selected

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

Don’t give up

By Elaine I was 19 when I was convicted for theft from my employer.  I received 200 hours community service.  I couldn’t give a precise reason why I had stolen the money, it was many factors and this was a very low time for me.  Thankfully I

An open letter to Lord McNally – Delays to changes to the ROA

by David, re-published here with his permission. Good Morning your Honorables, I woke up this morning feeling so suicidal and desperate because of my situation and was wondering why the government is working against its citizens. I am a reformed offender, having made silly mistakes some years

Been held back for 2 years from reaching my dream

  For the past 4 years my life has been on pause. I have been heavily relying on the reform to be put into place since 2012 when my goal was to become a Royal Marine Commando in the Royal Navy. I messed my life up by

Transition – You never truly fail until you quit

My journey of transition unwittingly began as I lay face down at the banking of the Thames surrounded by a group of armed officers after having failed miserably in my bid to evade capture after a 5 hour armed siege. What then ensued was a series of