27th September 2017
Ireland introduced 'Spent Convictions' legislation in 2016, which means that certain convictions can now become spent, while others can continue to present barriers to work, education, training, insurance, and travel.
In light of this, the IPRT held a seminar entitled 'Working with Conviction' on Tuesday 26th September in Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
The seminar focused on the recruitment of people with convictions and with experience of imprisonment, with the aim of encouraging better responses to previous offenders seeking employment and providing leadership to local employers. We hope this event, and our wider 'Spent Convictions' campaign will create a wide discourse around the following areas:
We were proud to welcome James Timpson OBE, Chair of Prison Reform Trust UK, as our keynote speaker. James is Chief Executive of Timpson, a family business of 1,400 shops across the UK and Ireland. 10% of his colleagues were recruited directly from prison, making Timpson the largest employer of ex-offenders in the UK. Timpson actively interview prisoners from a pool of 80 prisons in the UK, with a view to employing them on release.
At the seminar, we launched two information videos, produced by SpunOut.
Alongside these videos, a poster detailing the conditions to be met in order for a conviction to become spent was also launched. The poster is available here.
If you require any further information on this event, or the campaign please contact Pamela, Campaigns and Admin Officer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (01) 874 1400.
Photos: Mark Stedman Photography
More photos from the seminar are available on our Flickr here.
This campaign is kindly supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.