The impact of paying back
01 Jun 2014
Community Payback remains a popular sentence with the courts as it serves to punish and rehabilitate offenders whilst they make a real and tangible contribution to the community which they have offended
In 2013-14, 80,000 hours of community payback schemes were carried out in the Cumbria area. Using the minimum-wage as a yard-stick, this amounts to nearly £½ million pounds worth of free labour provided to local communities as offenders pay-back for crimes they have committed.
Some offenders are assessed as suitable for individual placement - where they can be managed safely working directly alongside a beneficiary e.g. charity shop. This is particularly useful for offenders who have / need retail skills as it is ‘real work experience’ and the charity benefits from the valuable labour force offenders provide.
Most offenders on Community Payback work a 7 hour day and most unemployed offenders work a four-day week. The organisation of the workplace activities are a realistic reflection of a normal working environment and, as such, offenders gain valuable interpersonal and work-related skills which prepare them for future employment. Offenders are also encouraged to complete training and qualifications which enhance their employment prospects.
Our staff work closely with other criminal justice partners such as local councils, charities and community groups - undertaking mainly environmental work, painting and decorating and community clean-ups to improve the quality of life for the residents of Cumbria.