The Court can decide that participants are required to undertake work that will benefit other people and pay back the community for the harm or damage their offending has caused. This is an Unpaid Work Requirement that they must do as part of their sentence and the courts can give sentences of between 40 and 300 hours of Community Payback.
There can be lots of different types of work that participants can do including clearing public footpaths, painting/refurbishing community buildings and clearing community gardens/allotments. Participants work at least 7 hours a week and have to finish the Requirement within 12 months.
As well as making amends to the community the work will hopefully give participants new skills and enable them to get on better with those around them. Our focus is rehabilitation, and the benefits are to the community and the participant.