Christine O wrote:
How about the added stigma of having a criminal record?
Surely it affects future employment prospects.
Should criminal records have a use by date like they do in countries like Austria?
Joseph Fritzel, the one who kept his daughter in a hidden dungeon had, had a previous rape record erased from his records after seven years, and went on to commit worse crimes.
For me, it depends on the crime and the individual circumstances. What it should not depend on is political favors. The biggest drug dealer in our town got two pardons because he turned out the vote for one party. When they had a governor in office, our drug dealer got a pardon.
I think some jobs, like working at a day car center, should require a criminal history check. I have known people convicted of crimes who went on to have successful and lawful lives but having a criminal conviction is not a plus on a job application.