Rapists to have their criminal records wiped
Sex offenders, murderers and drug dealers could have their criminal records wiped under new plans to stop them having to reveal their convictions to employers.
David Gauke, the justice secretary, wants a change in law so criminals will find it easier to get a job - claiming 'a regular pay cheque' will prevent them re-offending.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 those who receive a prison sentence of four or more years have to disclose their conviction to employers for the rest of their lives.
But Mr Gauke, 47, believes that reducing the length of time offences need to be disclosed would 'improve people with convictions’ chances of accessing employment.'
In a letter to ministers earlier this month, seen by The Times, Mr Gauke said he wanted to stop convicts having to disclose their record.