245 Criminal Records Expunged Between April and June

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  • The Ministry of Justice has recorded 245 persons who have had their criminal records expunged for the period of April to June 2017 with a total of 570 records expunged so far since 2017.
  • The expungement process helps individuals who committed minor offences and who have sincerely and successfully attempted to abide by the law to reintegrate into society.
  • Clearing past convictions from persons who are committed to being law-abiding citizens will assist them in their efforts to improve their quality of life and help build a justice system that focuses on rehabilitation.

Press Release- The Ministry of Justice has recorded 245 persons who have had their criminal records expunged for the period of April to June 2017 with a total of 570 records expunged so far since 2017.

The expungement process, done under the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1988, has seen a steady flow of applications from persons looking to have their criminal records cleared.

The expungement process helps individuals who committed minor offences and who have sincerely and successfully attempted to abide by the law to reintegrate into society.

Having convictions removed from their records can increase an individual’s earning capacity, as employment in certain industries such as education, tourism, security and transportation, require a copy of a clean police record for their employees. The process is also beneficial for persons interested in migrating or working overseas.

Under the Act, certain minor offences such as simple larceny, malicious destruction of property, possession or dealing in ganja, bribery and forging of documents, among others can be cleared from a person’s record after a specified period of rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation period is the time a person must wait before their application can be considered for expungement. An amendment to the Act in 2014, reduced the rehabilitation period from between 5 and 20 years from the date of the termination of imprisonment or the payment of a fine, to between 3 and 10 years based, on the seriousness of the offence and the sentence imposed.

For individuals under the age of 18 years old, the rehabilitation period is half the time applicable to adults.

Clearing past convictions from persons who are committed to being law-abiding citizens will assist them in their efforts to improve their quality of life and help build a justice system that focuses on rehabilitation.

To have a record expunged, interested persons must make an application in writing.

This can be done by visiting the customer service section of the Ministry to collect the application form or by downloading the application form from the Ministry of Justice’s website.

The applicant should complete two copies of the application form and submit them along with two letters of recommendation, fingerprint impressions and the payment of $3,000.00 for the expungement service (this can also be done at any tax office island wide) to the Customer Service desk at the Ministry.

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