20th November 2008
The Irish Penal Reform Trust warmly welcomes the proposal of a Spent Convictions Bill as a first initiative to provide for expungement of adult criminal records in Irish law.
IPRT contributed to a consultation process run by the Law Society’s Spent Convictions Group and our views have been incorporated in that Group’s Report on the issue. Given the profound significance that the current proposal may have on the lives of ex-offenders IPRT hopes that the parliamentary consideration of the Bill will afford the opportunity for a broad discussion of the important issues raised. We hope this Position Paper will assist in that process.
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Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.