Reducing Re-Offending

Five days a week for Community Payback

Five days a week for Community Payback

Offenders will be made to do a full five day week of hard work and job seeking, under new proposals for community sentences confirmed on 26th August 2011 by Minister for Prisons and Probation, Crispin Blunt. The work will include hard manual labour, improving public areas by clearing up litter, cleaning graffiti, maintaining parks and other green spaces.

The new instructions will see unemployed criminals forced to work a minimum of 28 hours over four days, with the fifth day spent looking for full time employment. Prior to this announcement, Community Payback Programmes could be spread out over 12 months with some offenders working for a minimum of just six hours a week. The new, more intensive scheme will also be delivered more immediately after sentence, imposed on offenders within seven days of sentencing, instead of the two weeks it currently takes following a court appearance.

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