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Lord Carlile: New approach also 'in interest of victims'

Children who have committed low-level crime but have stopped breaking the law should have their criminal records wiped clean when they turn 18, according to an inquiry by a cross party group of MPs and peers.

Under current rules, criminal convictions for under-18s stay on their record for five-and-a-half years, while cautions last two years. Some offences are never removed.

Inquiry chairman Lord Carlile told BBC Breakfast said it was in "the interest of victims as well as children who commit criminal offences... that they have the same chances in life as other adults".

  • 19 Jun 2014
  • From the section UK
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