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Criminal Records

A Database for the Criminal Justice System and Beyond


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Terry Thomas
    Pages 1-4
  3. Terry Thomas
    Pages 5-26
  4. Terry Thomas
    Pages 27-61
  5. Terry Thomas
    Pages 91-105
  6. Terry Thomas
    Pages 106-130
  7. Terry Thomas
    Pages 131-162
  8. Terry Thomas
    Pages 163-186
  9. Terry Thomas
    Pages 187-192
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 193-227

About this book


Terry Thomas considers the use of criminal records within the criminal justice system and beyond - especially the growth of their use for pre-employment screening via the Criminal Records Bureau. This book also considers future developments and the impact that transferring criminal records across international borders will have.


criminal justice database development employment growth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds Metropolitan UniversityUK

About the authors

TERRY THOMAS is Professor in Criminal Justice Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His publications include Criminal Records: State, Citizen and the Politics of Protection, The Police and Social Work, Privacy and Social Services, Sex Crime: Sex Offending and Society and Policing Europe: Cooperation, Conflict and Control.

Bibliographic information


'The research is prodigious Thomas has traced the developments on the use (and misuse) of criminal records across the years to tell a detailed and interesting story.' Martin Wasik - Professor of Criminal Justice, Keele University, UK

'Thomas has produced a meticulously researched history of the development of the keeping of criminal records...This is a well-written, challenging book that has much to offer and rewards careful reading.' - Peter Handley JP The Magistrate

'...a meticulously-researched history of the criminal record...a valuable book which fills a genuine gap.' - Gwen Robinson, The Howard Journal