Experts say the Clean Slate scheme, which gives some offenders the right to not disclose their criminal convictions, isn’t working and some people who deserve to can’t put their past behind them. Richard* hadn’t been in jail since 1978, and his last conviction was in the nineties. Almost half a century later, he was still having trouble getting work, RNZ reports, despite holding multiple diplomas. Richard said it was frustrating being haunted by the mistakes he made as a young man.