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The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 14/08/2013 A new report from the SCCJR has revealed that over one third of Scottish men and nearly a tenth of women are likely to have one or more criminal convictions.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

A new report from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) has revealed that over one third of Scottish men and nearly a tenth of women are likely to have one or more criminal convictions.

This will have a big impact on their employability and rehabilitation in later life, says the report.

According to the research by the SCCJR’s Paul McGuinness, Sarah Armstrong and Professor Fergus McNeill, based at Glasgow University, 38% of Scottish men born in 1973, and 9% of women born in the same year have at least one conviction.

“This could cause grave difficulties for those who then go on to apply for jobs,” said Professor McNeill.  “Our research also found people with convictions report feeling discouraged and stigmatised due to rejection linked to their backgrounds. As a result, they find it harder to move on in their lives, away from offending and into employment and education.”

The research feeds into a Scottish Government review of the workings of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Speaking to STV, a spokeswoman for the Government explained:

"The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 has been on the statue books for nearly 40 years and it is important to ensure the legislation still operates in line with its original purposes of balancing the need to protect the public whilst allowing ex-offenders to be rehabilitated from their previous offending behaviour."
 

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