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Convict CriminologyInside and Out$
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Rod Earle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323648

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323648.001.0001

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Indelible stains: convict criminology and criminal records

Indelible stains: convict criminology and criminal records

(p.77) Five Indelible stains: convict criminology and criminal records
Convict Criminology

Rod Earle

Policy Press

This chapter considers how criminal convictions disqualify a person from full citizenship and seeks to redress the relative criminological neglect of the lasting impact of criminal stigma. It includes a detailed discussion of UK legislation in the form of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and how developments in the first decade of 21st century have largely cancelled its benign intentions. The proliferation of procedures for collecting and distributing criminal records in the UK by the Criminal Records Bureau is critically examined before the chapter proceeds with a brief international review of the way vetting procedures and surveillance expose people with a criminal record to continuing sanction and stigma.

Keywords:   criminal record, stigma, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Criminal Records Bureau, surveillance, vetting procedures

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