Up Close and Personnel — March 2014: rehabilitation of offenders
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has amended the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 with effect from 10 March 2014. The key changes are that the rehabilitation periods after which a sentence becomes spent will be reduced and the only circumstances in which a conviction will never become spent are if an individual is given a custodial sentence of more than four years or has received a public protection sentence…
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