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Ep17: Are criminal records fair?

Criminal records hold people back long after they've accepted responsibility for their actions.
Alexandra Kimmons
10 Mar 2023

More than 12 million people in England and Wales have a criminal record, many for old or minor offences. The vast majority have already moved on with their lives, but for many their criminal record still haunts them, preventing them from gaining employment or developing in their career.

In this episode, our hosts Penelope and Rob bring together campaigning expertise from the UK and US contexts to discuss why the criminal records system is unfair and what needs to change. We hear from Jay Jordan, CEO of the Alliance for Safety and Justice in the US, and Chris Stacey, Director of Support and Development at Clinks, about the reality of living with a criminal record and campaigning efforts to build a fairer system on both sides of the pond.

Jay Jordan @misterjayjordan
Find out more about Jay’s work and the Time Done campaign here.

Chris Stacey @ChrisStacey
Find out more about Chris here.

Further resources
Join the FairChecks campaign for criminal records reform here.
Follow the campaign on Twitter @FairChecks

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The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.