4th March 2011
In Ireland, there is no legislation which provides for the expungement of a criminal record following a set period remaining offence free. IPRT is continuing to campaign for Spent Convictions legislation, first introduced to the Dáil in 2007, to be enacted at the earliest possibility.
Meanwhile, in the UK, where such legislation has existed since 1974 (by way of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act), a review is currently underway towards improving former offenders' access to employment, whilst protecting the community.
UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders (UK), has just published its response to the Green Paper on 'Breaking the Cycle'. A number of UNLOCK's recommendations are of particular interest, including: