Community Payback is part of a government initiative that is designed to punish and rehabilitate offenders. It has taken over from Community Service or Community Punishment and requires that offenders perform unpaid, hard work in and for the community in which they live or in which they offended. One of the great benefits of the scheme, from the point of view of local residents, is that they get to determine the actual projects undertaken by offenders.
The Community Payback Scheme
Community Payback unpaid work may be given as the sole requirement of community sentencing or as a single component of a larger community sentence. Offenders will need to work between 40 and 300 hours within a 12 month time frame with a minimum of sic hours performed every week. The actual work they do will depend on local residents’ nominations and votes for projects to be undertaken by offenders so if you’re interested in determining what offenders will need to do to repay the community then you should act now.
Schemes Running Across England And Wales
There are a total of 54 areas of England and Wales where the Community Payback scheme is currently in operation. If you live in any of the appropriate regions then you can place your vote online to have your say in the projects undertaken by offenders. Whether you want to see a local eye sore cleaned of graffiti and the rubbish removed or believe that a community centre or church is in need of redecoration you can cast your vote and have your say.
Projects Undertaken By Offenders
The range of projects undertaken by offenders is significant. Some projects require that offenders work within the community in roles that will see them facing the public and being seen. In these cases, offenders are heavily vetted and their suitability for such a role is assessed. Any offenders that fail this assessment, which takes into account their criminal and personal history, will instead be required to work in a workshop or more secluded environment away from the public. Last year alone saw 55,000 projects undertaken by offenders and successfully completed to the benefit of local communities.
The Aims Of Community Payback
The primary aims of the Community Payback scheme are to punish and rehabilitate offenders. Not only do they face useful punishment for the crimes they have committed but they will be less likely to re-offend and are given the opportunity to repay the community for the crimes they have committed. Often, Community Payback is part of a larger community sentence that may also include rehabilitation sessions for drug or alcohol use or mental illness.
The Benefits Of Community Payback
The benefits of the scheme are two fold. Offenders have the benefit of being able to repay the community for the crime or crimes they have committed and, in some cases, they will also learn skills that can be used in life to gain a job or to conduct themselves. This form of rehabilitation has proven especially useful already with projects undertaken by offenders across the country. The community itself benefits because these projects usually require offenders to complete work tasks that would not otherwise be completed and at no cost to the community.