Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
- Document type
- Corporate author(s)
- Date of publication
- 24 July 2014
- Criminal Justice Services, Offenders, Resettlement
- Social welfare
- Material type
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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.