More than 12 million people in England and Wales have some kind of criminal record. Many have only had minor interactions with the criminal justice system and have long since moved on with their lives. But their criminal record still impacts employment opportunities, volunteering roles, housing rights and even travel.
People shouldn’t have to pay for the same crime over and over again. Criminal record checks can be an important tool to safeguard the public, but the current system is disproportionate and stops people who have already been punished from moving on. #FairChecks is a movement led by Transform Justice and Unlock. We are calling for the government to launch a review of the criminal records disclosure system to reduce the length of time a record is revealed, and for all political parties to commit to progressive reform of the system.
#FairChecks has three initial asks to make the system fairer:
Visit the #FairChecks website to sign up and take action to help us achieve change.