Following the introduction of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, record will be ‘clean’ after a period of seven years if no further offences are committed. 

Those convicted of less serious crimes that receive a custodial sentence of four years of more will benefit from this reform. 

The reasoning behind this is to remove the barriers people face after they have been remanded and facilitate a more seamless integration back into employment and everyday life. 

This will not apply to those convicted of serious sexual, violent, or terrorist offences.

What does this change mean?

  • Custody for a year or less will have to declare it for 12 months
  • Custody for between one and four years will need to be declared for four years 
  • Custody of more than four years for seven