What is Turing's Law? Pardons extended for abolished same-sex 'crimes'

The UK government has announced that pardons will be extended for those convicted of “crimes” related to homosexual activities.

This means that anyone who has been convicted or even given a warning for consensual homosexual acts can request that they be disregarded.

The convictions are then removed from the files and the person is pardoned.

It begs the question why the convictions and records have not already been destroyed.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she hoped the revised scheme would “help redress past wrongs.”

This is the same Priti Patel who voted twice against allowing same-sex couples to marry in 2013.

Incredibly, it was not until 1967 under the Labor Party government that homosexual activity became legal in Britain.

Previously, those found “guilty” could be sentenced to prison terms.

In England homosexuality was a capital crime until 1861. The last execution took place on November 27, 1835, when James Pratt and John Smith were hanged outside Newgate Prison in London.

Who Was Alan Turing?

The Turing Law is named after Alan Turing, the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

The law is an informal term for the content of the Policing and Crime Act 2017. It serves as an amnesty law for pardoning men who have been cautioned or convicted under historical laws that forbid homosexual acts.

His work cracking the Enigma code in Bletchley Park during World War II was key to the Allied victory over the Nazis. It is estimated that she saved 14 million lives.

In 1952, Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” after admitting to having a homosexual relationship.

He had a choice between prison or parole, but the latter on one condition – he had to undergo terrible obsessive-compulsive hormone therapy.

In other words, it was chemical castration.

Just two years after his conviction, Turing killed himself. He had been prevented from continuing his cryptographic career for the government and was denied entry to the United States.

Turing did not receive a royal pardon until 2013, decades after his death.

What is Turing’s Law?

‘Turing’s Law’, as it came to be known, is an amendment to the Police and Crime Act 2017, which automatically pardons deceased convicted of sexual acts that are no longer considered criminals.

Those who are still alive and convicted of such crimes could already apply through the Home Office for the crime to be removed from their criminal records.

If the Ministry of the Interior now agrees that the crime is no longer punishable under applicable law, it will automatically be pardoned if a The application is submitted to the Ministry of the Interior.

Campaign group Unlock, who assists people through the application process, says crime can be disregarded if the activity was consensual and is not now classified as a crime.

The following offenses fall under the procedure:

  • Section 12 or 13 of the Sexual Offenses Act 1956
  • Section 4 of the Vagabond Act of 1824
  • Section 61 of the Criminal Offenses Act of 1861
  • Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885
  • Section 45 of the Marine Discipline Act of 1866
  • Section 41 of the Army Act of 1881
  • Section 41 of the Air Force Act 1917
  • Section 70 of the Army Act 1955
  • Section 70 of the Air Force Act 1955
  • Section 42 of the Naval Discipline Act 1957


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