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Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ISBN: 9781785443497

This consultation paper sets out specific proposals to reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to allow more people with previous criminal activity to be able to move away from their past offending behaviour and to reduce the length of time most people will have to disclose their previous criminal activity.

Executive Summary

It is clear from the feedback to our 2013 discussion paper and engagement events that the public and stakeholders consider that the current Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not get the balance right between protecting the public and enabling those people with previous criminal activity to enter the workforce.

In particular, it is considered that some people who currently have to disclose for the rest of their life should have protection under the Act so that they no longer have to disclose for the rest of their life and the periods of time for which individuals must disclose previous criminal activity are, in general, too long.

After careful consideration, this consultation paper sets out specific proposals to allow more people with previous criminal activity to be able to move away from their past offending behaviour and to reduce the length of time most people will have to disclose their previous criminal activity.

The purpose of this consultation paper is to gather views from individuals, employers, public bodies and all other interested stakeholders in relation to the proposed changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 set out in this paper.