The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act is a guideline of when offenders become rehabilitated or when their convictions become spent and they no longer have to declare their convictions.
The rehabilitation period is determined by the sentence given. After the period in which the sentence has been served and there has been no further conviction then it will be classed as spent which means the offender would not need to declare this when for example applying for a job.
The purpose of the act is so that some people do not have to suffer long term for a minor offence commited in their past.
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