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Amend the rehabilitation of offenders act to assist offenders who wish to reform

Submitted on Monday 22nd August 2011

Published on Monday 22nd August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Signatures: 18

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5 years ~ Crime ~ Money ~ Police ~ Prime Minister

Petition Action

Amend the rehabilitation of offenders act to assist offenders who wish to reform

Additional Information

As the RoOA stands people with even minor convictions are discriminated for 5 years making obtaining employment, setting up a business or obtaining insurance virtually impossible. This leaves people either dependant on benefits until the conviction is spent or more likely to resort to further crime. We petition the prime minister to help offenders who wish to reform by amending the RoOA as follows: 1. Reduce the rehabilitation period for fines and community sentences from 5 years to 2 1/2 years,
2. Respect the right to privacy under the human rights act by only requiring someone to disclose an unspent conviction if it is relevant (eg fraud for applying for insurance or applying to work with money),
3. Further respect the right to privacy by ordering police to destroy fingerprint and DNA records of any convicted criminal considered rehabilitated under the RoOA on the basis that if they committed any further crime they would then be permanently placed back on the database


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