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Criminal records ‘must be made known to employers’
10:59am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
FORMER prisoners should not be allowed to hide their convictions to find work, North Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.
This follows a suggestion from Matthew Coffey, director for further education at Ofsted, that changes could be made to change the amount of time needed before convictions could be considered as spent.
Julia Mulligan, PCC for North Yorkshire, said it was “very important” for prisoners to get back into work after leaving prison, but it should be done through partnerships between the prison system and the workplace.
She said: “It’s proven to be one of the things that really helps to put them back on the straight and narrow, but I would be pretty concerned about criminal records being withheld to potential employers.”
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