• Terry Thomas
  • Kevin Bennett


This chapter draws together some of the themes of the book. The structure of the criminal record disclosure arrangements and then the addition of the arrangements to disclose ‘non conviction information’. It also looks at how employers in receipt of this information assess and use it to make employment selection decisions; the fear is that some employers make no assessments at all but require there to be completely ‘clear sheets’. The chapter also examines the literature that suggests this ‘non conviction information’ is of any assistance to employers and notes the paucity of such supporting literature. It examines the degree of ‘stigma’ that may fall on job applicants and the degree to which the disclosure of ‘non conviction information’ may even be undermining the mainstream criminal justice process. The start of discussions to completely review the system to make it simpler and more transparent are noted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Thomas
    • 1
  • Kevin Bennett
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.University of SunderlandSunderlandUK

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