A fresh start offered to people with criminal records for minor offences

A Cape Town based company has decided to start a petition asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the President to consider reducing the 10 year waiting period for those with criminal records for relatively minor crimes.

Fresh Start Law Centre specialises in removing of criminal records of people who have admitted to guilt in minor crimes, but did not realise that they would be sitting with a criminal record that can only be removed after 10 years.

Grant Buchan, Legal Consultant at Fresh Start Law Centre, says they have found an alarming statistic of people who are coerced and forced to pay admission of guilt at police stations.

Listen to the full conversation below:

They are not told or not aware at that moment that when they are paying an admission of guilt, they are going to have a permanent criminal record.

Grant Buchan, Legal Consultant at Fresh Start Law Centre

These are poor people, young people and mothers with babies who get nabbed by bullish people at stores and it’s just ruining their lives

Grant Buchan, Legal Consultant at Fresh Start Law Centre

Some of them are specialists in their fields and because of minor criminal record, which is going to sit with them for ten years, they cannot become economically viable.

Grant Buchan, Legal Consultant at Fresh Start Law Centre

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