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Records of 245 Jamaicans expunged April to June

Published:Tuesday | August 22, 2017 | 8:17 PM

The Ministry of Justice is reporting that the criminal records of 245 Jamaicans were expunged from April to June this year.

So far this year, a total of 570 records have been expunged. 

The expungement process, under the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act helps individuals who committed minor offences and who have since obeyed the law in reintegrating into society.

The ministry says 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 clean police record.

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, can be cleared from a person’s record after a specified period of rehabilitation.

An amendment to the Act in 2014, reduced the rehabilitation period from between five and 20 years from the date of the termination of imprisonment or payment of a fine, to between three 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.

To have a record expunged, interested persons must make an application to the ministry in writing and pay a $3,000 fee.