Darcy Sarto wrote:As you intimate the guidelines (stemming from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act) regarding how long ago and at what age a period of imprisonment took place before it is considered "spent" would seem to be a sensible basis for a forum policy.
Kateg28 wrote:With regard to the last sentence, if you agree a policy and it fits within legal guidelines, if you are then threatened that is a police matter and should be reported.
However, as to the policy...
I strongly agree with the principle that if you have served your time and paid the fine etc etc you have discharged your duty and the issue lies with out penal system not being good enough and that is where we should attempt to enforce change.
However there are crimes that potentially fall outside the scope. If paedophiles say it is a disease and they cannot help themselves, then surely a spell in prison will not change that and they are still a danger and public should be warned about it?
There is the issue of isolated instances of crime followed by proper remorse as opposed to habitual criminal behaviour. And who can judge about proper remorse? My past is not as white as I would like but it was 25/30 years ago (never caught so no record) and I am mortified by it despite it being minor crime (not attracting a custodial sentence) and if people knew they could judge me accordingly but it is really not the person I am today.
Don't most employment processes check for criminal records?
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