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Land of the free? Comparing our criminal records policy with five US states

It is clear that criminal record disclosure requirements in England and Wales are much more punitive than the five U.S. states we have researched. Reed Smith LLP One in six people in England and Wales have a criminal record. But 27% of UK employers wouldn’t hire someone with a conviction. Criminal records checks are requested …

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Old driving offences stopped me helping disadvantaged kids

David’s story   I’m a golf professional helping disadvantaged children access the sport. But recently, I was kicked off a long-term project because of driving offences from almost 30 years ago. In the 90s I was sent to prison for driving without a tax disc and insurance. It sounds unbelievable now that everything’s digital, but …

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Just a ‘slap on the wrist’? The long term impact of cautions

Connor’s story Connor intervened when a man was verbally abusing an elderly couple outside his block of flats. Connor asked him to leave. The man began swearing and approached him aggressively. Connor pushed him back and a tussle occurred. The man eventually left, but police became involved. CCTV footage showed Connor pushing the man, but the …

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Businesses back call to reform criminal records

#FairChecks statement of support Over the last few months, with the support of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice, FairChecks has reached out to businesses to discuss the need to reform the criminal record disclosure system. We ran two well-attended business breakfasts, hosted by BNP Paribas, to discuss the issue with representatives from multiple sectors. …

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