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Will reduced rehabilitation periods lead to higher employment?

19 February 2014

In a bid to enable former offenders to “turn their back on a life of crime” and “get back into honest work”, the Government has announced reforms which will reduce the length of time that low level convictions need to be disclosed when applying for certain jobs. The reforms, which are due to take effect on 10 March 2014, mean that some offences will only have to be disclosed for up to just two years after the completion of a custodial sentence.

Whilst this will be a welcome relief for those with criminal records who want to put the past behind them, offenders will still have to declare all previous convictions regardless of whether or not they are spent if, for example, they are applying for a job in a school or hospital. Also, given that jobs are still hard to come by, former offenders may not find it that easy to actually find employment despite the reforms.

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