Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

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Date of publication
24 July 2014
Criminal Justice Services, Offenders, Resettlement
Social welfare
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The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 exists to allow people with convictions to be reintegrated back into society by having the right to legally ignore their conviction(s) after a period of time. The Act allows convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings in respect of a certain offence to be considered ‘spent’ after a specified period of time known as the ‘rehabilitation period’ which is decided by the sentence or disposal received.

This Nacro guide offers detailed advice on how the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 can affect people.

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