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It’s payback’ time as yobs work off their debt to society

PUBLISHED: 18:01 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

YOBS have been paying society back in London with court orders making them carry out more than a million hours of unpaid community work in the past 12 months to make amends for their bad behaviour. The number of hours supervised by London Probation service has crossed the million hour’ mark since 2007, figures out today reveal

By Mike Brooke

YOBS have been paying society back in London with court orders making them carry out more than a million hours of unpaid community work in the past 12 months to make amends for their bad behaviour.

The number of hours supervised by London Probation’s unpaid work’ units has crossed the million hour’ mark since 2007, figures out today reveal.

Justice Minister David Hanson said: “The payback’ scheme is a tough alternative to prison to punish and reform offenders.

“The work undertaken as part of their sentence limits their freedom, acts as a deterrent to further offending and benefits the community.”

He added: “Offenders have now paid back more than a million hours of unpaid work to London communities for the crimes they’ve committed. Justice is being seen to be done.”

The figure includes 38,000 hours’ work at Tower Hamlets in London’s East End, where unpaid community work includes helping out at charities and shelters such as the Whitechapel Mission, which saw supermodel Naomi Campbell work off her conviction last year.

The Mission in Whitechapel Road provides help for the homeless and other disadvantaged groups.

Offenders join other volunteers to run the soup kitchen and canteen, preparing and serving meals for those without a roof over their head. They also sort and recycling clothes for the needy.


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