Amir’s Story

When he was 17, Amir was part of a group of young men who assaulted another man. Amir did not attack the man himself, but was prosecuted as part of the group and received a six-year prison sentence.

He was released after three years and his family moved to a new area to get a fresh start. Amir went to college and completed qualifications in IT and business, and then ran his own IT company from home carrying out repairs and delivering training. He continued to improve his skills and earned higher level certifications, with the aim to join a larger company. 12 years after leaving prison, Amir was offered a position in the training department of a large and prestigious accounting firm. When Amir disclosed his conviction, his line manager initially told him that his conviction wasn’t relevant but Amir never heard anything more from the employer. Amir reached out numerous times, asking for an update, but these were ignored. After three months Amir directly contacted the director of HR. She informed him that the company had a policy of not employing anyone with an unspent criminal record. She didn’t know why that was the case, and there was no written policy, nor did she know why Amir had been forced to wait so long. Amir never joined the company.

"I was so proud when I was offered the job and I thought what a great example I could be to others like me – yes, I went to prison but I worked hard and turned my life around. It seems like I’ll never be allowed that chance though, my conviction will never be spent, I’ll have to tell employers about it forever. I’ve got nearly 40 years of working life ahead of me – when will I get the chance to move on?"

How can you help?

To create a fairer criminal record disclosure system, we need the support of MPs. You can help by contacting your local MP to tell them why you feel the system is unfair and needs to change.

You can also sign our petitions to draw attention to the movement and talk to your friends and family to encourage them to take action too!

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