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Criminal Records Bureau Errors Lead To Hundreds Being Branded Criminals

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics...-criminals.html

The number of errors by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) has more than doubled in the past 12 months, despite intense pressure for it to improve its performance.

Many of the victims of mistakes would have been intending to take up jobs as teachers, nurses and childminders, or become youth volunteers.

Hundreds of innocent people have been accused of wrongdoing by the CRB. They are likely to have faced career problems or stigma from their communities as a result. They will also have had to go through an appeals process to clear their names.

The worsening figures are an embarrassment for the Home Office, which faced criticism after the number of errors by the bureau was first highlighted by The Daily Telegraph last year.

The latest figures show that 1,570 people being checked by the CRB were wrongly given criminal records, mistakenly given a clean record or accused of more serious offences than they had actually committed in the year to March 31.

This compares with 680 people in the previous 12 months. The disclosure is likely to deter innocent people from applying for positions that require scrutiny, for fear of being labelled a criminal.

It also raises the prospect of dangerous individuals slipping through the net and being approved for jobs with the vulnerable.

The CRB, a Home Office agency, was set up in March, 2002, to vet those working with children and young people. It checks for criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands. An enhanced check examines any other “relevant and proportionate†information held by the police.

A copy of the CRB’s annual report, which will be formally published next month, shows that 3.9 million certificates were processed by the agency: an increase of 500,000 on 2007-08 and the highest figure since the agency’s creation.

If there is one agency that you don't want mistakes from it's this one.

Removing stimga of being a criminal will be very difficult for these individuals.

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hand over your DNA to them. biometric ID cards, why not. once they get 60 million records they can leave the CD on a train

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