Community Payback Annual Report 2010
Offenders worked 330,000 hours on Community Payback projects last year, worth £2million in free labour to communities in Surrey and Sussex.
Community Payback is work carried out by offenders as part of their sentence and enables them to give something back for the crimes they have committed.
The projects range from single placements with small voluntary organisations to large groups undertaking conservation work in the Ashdown Forest and to clearing up eyesores in town centres.
Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust today publishes its first Community Payback annual report, which outlines the kind of projects undertaken and the number of hours worked by offenders in 2010. The report also looks at a number of case studies which highlight particular projects carried out in Surrey and Sussex in 2010.
They range from clearing up and improving the look of the Bristol Estate in Brighton to landscaping an outdoor area for Battle Memorial Hall, from renovating the Asra Sports and Social Club in West Sussex to maintaining the outdoor communal areas of the Raven housing estate in Redhill.
Sonia Crozier, chief executive of Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust said, "This report clearly shows the enormous contribution made by offenders working on Community Payback to communities across Surrey and Sussex.
"Last year our work was inspected by Ofsted and they focussed on how well we enabled offenders to develop their skills while undertaking Community Payback. This is important as we know that if an unemployed offender gets into work then they will become more re-integrated into society and the likelihood of their re-offending will be reduced."
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