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Report: Wipe criminal records for 18-year-olds who obey laws

Criminal records belonging to 18-year-olds who have proved they can obey law despite their previous convictions, should be wiped when they come of age, an inquiry into youth justice has recommended.

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Calls to wipe criminal records for law abiding teenagers

Teenagers who have been convicted of a low-level offence but have proved they can obey the law after their sentence is complete should have their criminal record wiped when they turn 18, an inquiry has said.

Young offenders who prove they can change their ways by the time they turn 18 should have their criminal record destroyed. Credit: PA

Inquiry chair Lord Carlile said they had received a lot of evidence arguing criminal records were a "destructive" aspect of youth proceedings, which trap teenagers in a criminal identity.

The time period for filtering cautions and convictions for under-18s should be reduced as well, the report from the independent parliamentarians' inquiry said.

A conviction or caution for an under-18 is filtered from their record after five and a half years or two years respectively under current rules followed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

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