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Offenders in York and North Yorkshire Spend 125,000 Hours on Community Schemes

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2:41pm 12th February 2013

Offenders worked over 125,000 hours on community payback projects last year worth over £930,000* of free labour to communities in York and North Yorkshire, according to the Probation Trust’s third Community Payback annual report published today.

Community Payback is work carried out by offenders as part of their community sentence and enables them to give something back for the crimes they have committed. The projects can range from single placements with small voluntary organisations to large groups undertaking conservation work and clearing up eyesores in town centres - work that might not otherwise be completed.

The annual report outlines the kind of projects undertaken, the number of hours worked by offenders in 2012 and looks at a number of case studies which highlight particular projects carried out in York and North Yorkshire - as well as the Trust’s overall performance over the year.

Significantly the report highlights that during 2012 over 900 offenders successfully completed Community Payback, working on nearly 150 projects throughout the county.

Over the last year projects have included renovating local church halls, working for parish councils, local authorities and many registered charities. This has included painting the street furniture in Northallerton, supporting Scarborough and Filey in Bloom to working with IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services ) in York.

The report also highlights the success of last year’s mayoral project in Northallerton, which was sponsored by Councillor Jack Dobson the then Mayor of Northallerton Town Council.

Mike Ryan, Director for York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust, said:
“The report evidences the strong foundation of practice development and innovation in York and North Yorkshire and aims to show how our award winning Community Payback teams have continued to deliver high quality sentences for our courts that are challenging for offenders, whilst providing tangible benefits for our communities.

“Over the last year our Community Payback teams have once again demonstrated resilience, commitment and professional skills in managing offenders in the community. The variety of projects they undertake is vast and varied - from supporting local charity shops, to helping schools, and churches and local community groups across the county.

“In order to deliver more than 125,000 hours of Community Payback, against a backdrop of continuing public sector cuts and a need to drive further efficiency savings, our teams have concentrated closely on ensuring that the end product continues to be of high quality and meets the needs of our many beneficiaries.”

In York and North Yorkshire Community Payback is key to ensuring offenders are visibly punished and repay society for their crimes. They are expected to arrive for work on time and carry out whatever jobs are assigned. The work is often outside and must be completed whatever the weather.

A demanding sentence that ensures offenders give something back to society, Community Payback is rigorously enforced - if an offender fails to carry out the work they are returned to court so their sentence can be reviewed.

For more information on Community Payback locally or to nominate a project visit our website www.ynyprobation.co.uk

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