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Rehabilitation of offenders

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 aims to help people who have been convicted of a criminal offence and who have since lived on the right side of the law.

When a conviction has been 'spent', the convicted person does not have to reveal the conviction when applying for a job. However, there are jobs for which all convictions must be declared on the application form.

If your sentence was less than two and a half years, the conviction may become spent after a period of time called the 'rehabilitation period'. This period will vary according to the type of sentence.

For further information, including rehabilitation periods for different types of sentence, please read the information and guidance document below.

Contact details

Organisational Development
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 08452 930 388 and choose option 2 
Online: contact form

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