Updates to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

There have been some big changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The Ministry of Justice have confirmed that the changes will come into force on the 10th March 2014.

In short, the maximum sentence capable of becoming spent has increased, and most rehabilitation periods have been reduced.

These changes are a good thing for jobseekers, and along with improving attitudes towards past convictions, the route into employment should be even easier for ex-offenders.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act is a law intended to improve the chances of people with convictions being fully rehabilitated into society by removing some of the barriers that they face.

Under the ROA, after a specific period of time has passed cautions and convictions are regarded as ‘spent’. Once a caution or conviction becomes spent, an individual is treated as rehabilitated with regards to that offence, and they don’t have to declare it for most purposes, for example when applying for employment or insurance.

Our Table of Rehabilitation has been updated to reflect these changes, and there is comprehensive information available on the Government website.

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Further guidance on the gov.uk website

This page was last updated on March 6th, 2014

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