Proposals to significantly expand the spent convictions regime in Northern Ireland for the first time since its introduction more than four decades ago have gone out for consultation.
Published 11 January 2021
Discrimination on the ground of criminal conviction should be banned in equality legislation, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.
Published 9 November 2020
The Department of Justice has published two research papers on spent convictions as part of a government review of Ireland's spent convictions regime.
Published 16 October 2020
A review of Ireland's spent convictions regime, which is likely to lead to the broadening of the range of convictions that are considered spent, has begun with the launch of a government consultation.
Published 7 October 2020
Alternative sentencing and policy approaches are needed to reduce the offending rate among young adults, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.
Published 22 November 2019
Employment legislation should be updated to prevent discrimination against people on the basis of past convictions, an Oireachtas committee has said.
Published 12 November 2019
An expanded spent convictions scheme in Ireland would help to reduce reoffending and improve socio-economic outcomes in working class communities, an Oireachtas committee has heard.
Published 10 July 2019
A draft bill to expand Ireland's spent convictions regime has passed the second stage in the Seanad with unanimous support.
Published 14 February 2019
New research into the experiences of people in Ireland with minor convictions highlights the need for an expanded rehabilitation law, penal reform campaigners have said.
Published 6 February 2019