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Time to revisit Harper government’s restrictions on pardons | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 8:29 AM | By Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

For many people who have committed criminal offences, the greatest punishment is living — perhaps forever — with a criminal record. Criminal records are effective at ensuring that those who made mistakes will carry the consequences with them forever.

Obtaining jobs will be difficult if not impossible for the rest of their lives. In the United States, it has been shown that even arrest records disadvantage people.

The stigma of a record can be permanent. As one 47-year-old American, who had been arrest-free for 12 years, told a researcher, “Walmart...