The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records

The Criminal and Social Justice Research Cluster, in collaboration with Howard League Scotland, Student-Led Branch, at the University of Strathclyde, are pleased to host their second annual lecture.

The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records

SpeakersGerry Keogh, Founder of Unlock Employment; Keith Rosser, Chair of Release Scotland and Non-Executive Director, Disclosure Scotland; Dr. Andrew Henley, Asst. Professor of Criminology, University of Nottingham.

Chair: Dr. Cara Jardine, School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde.


Whether due to formal legal restrictions, or social stigma and associated forms of discrimination, the ‘mark of a criminal record’ (Pager, 2003) has significant consequences for people with convictions. The many and varied impacts and effects of criminal records has been referred to as an invisible and pervasive punishment, and a collateral consequence of contact with the justice system. These enduring consequences affect a significant proportion of the population across the U.K. A report by colleagues in SCCJR (2013) estimated that ‘at least one third of the adult male population and nearly one in ten of the adult female population [of Scotland] is likely to have a criminal record’. Similarly, the charity UNLOCK has identified that there are over 11 million people with a criminal record in the U.K, equating to 1 in 6 people.

In this webinar, our presenters will discuss the collateral consequences of criminal records from different vantage points. Gerry Keogh is founder of UNLOCK EMPLOYMENT, a Community Interest Company, based in Govan, Glasgow. Drawing on his personal and professional experiences, Gerry recognises that the consequences of a criminal record affect differently situated people in diverse ways. Through UNLOCK EMPLOYMENT, Gerry actively supports people into employment, and in so doing, in his interactions with people with convictions and encounters with employers, actively seeks to dismantle both the self- and social stigma associated with a criminal record.

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