Community service?

Unemployed offenders will be made to work a minimum of 28 hours per week over 4 days with the 5th day being spent looking for full time employment. Community Payback, aka Community Service, previously allowed offenders to serve their sentence over 12 months, resulting in some offenders only working 6 hours per week.

Prison and Probation Minister, Crispin Blunt, said the new measures would make for more intense, unpaid work and would help rehabilitate offenders. “If you are unemployed and on Community Payback you shouldn’t be sitting idle at home watching daytime television or hanging around with your mates on a street corner, you should be out paying back to your community through hard, honest work.”

“For me personally, and I’m sure a lot of the others, we don’t want to come back. It’s enough to put you off- you don’t need prison to put you off, this is enough.” Said one offender on the Community Payback programme.

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