Ex-prisoners that want to turn their lives around through work and rehabilitation will be supported in this in a move from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). There new ruling will change what the ex-prisoners have to disclose to prospective employers.
Some prison sentences of over four years will no longer have to be disclosed to employers after a specified period of time has passed. This change will not apply where there are issues of safeguarding; and will not apply to offences attract the most serious sentences, including life, or for serious sexual, violent and terrorism offences.
We all know that regular work is a major factor in breaking the cycle of crime, and that but many ex-prisoners find it impossible to get a job, without the assistance of some amazing organisations (https://cleansheet.org.uk and https://tempusnovo.org/).
In addition to the rule change for longer sentences over four years, the period of time for which shorter sentences and community sentences have to be revealed to employers will also be decreased. As of yet MoJ and others have not finalised these proposals with the stated time-lengths, but whatever they are, they will be most welcome
The government say that they are doing this to aid rehabilitation and the acknowledgement that the longer an ex-prisoner is out of work the more chance it is that they will slip back into the cycle of offending to help finance their lifestyles.
David Gauke, said:
The responsibility, structure and support provided by regular work is an essential component of effective rehabilitation, something which benefits us all by reducing re-offending and cutting the cost of crime.
That’s why we are introducing reforms to break barriers faced by ex-offenders who genuinely want to turn their lives around through employment.
While these reforms will help remove the stigma of convictions, we will never compromise public safety. That is why separate and more stringent rules will continue to apply for sensitive roles, including those which involve working with children and vulnerable adults.
Currently, where a sentence longer than four years is passed, crimes committed decades earlier, including those committed as a child, must be disclosed to employers for the remainder of the offender’s life. If someone was convicted of a minor offence in their childhood some tens of years ago, and received (a then lengthy) sentence, they would still need to disclose this today!