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Feedback from Discussions on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 with People Inside Scottish Prisons

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5 DISCUSSIONS WITH STAFF - NEGATIVES

5.01 Concern over the extensive lack of understanding amongst prisoners of need to disclose their convictions.

5.02 Aware of the significant minority planning to lie about having one or more convictions or ever having been in prison.

5.03 Widespread feeling that the ROA is a barrier to employment for most prisoners.

5.04 Widespread feeling that the ROA reinforces the stigma of having a criminal record.

5.05 Aware of the significant minority resigned to never having a job after release. Partly because they've never been in employment and also because they feel they would not be able to find any work due to their record.

5.06 Aware of the frustration, verging on anger in some cases, that recruiting employers can discriminate against people having any kind of a conviction without any sanction (as in reject an application out of hand).

5.07 Understanding of the support for a ban on questions relating to any conviction on job application forms and for a standard process of disclosure to be put in place for use in event of being short-listed.