Community payback orders benefit the city

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ACCORDING to a new report almost 39,000 hours of unpaid work was carried out last year by people sentenced to community payback orders in Dundee.

A total of 793 community payback orders (CPOs) were made in 2015-16, up 76 on the previous year.

Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee said: “When a CPO is imposed it helps to keep low risk offenders out of jail and at the same time ensures their time and effort is spent making a positive contribution through unpaid work that benefits people and the environment.

“In 2015-16 people diverted from prison onto CPOs were involved in a considerable number of beneficial activities including installing ramps to improve disabled access, painting, decorating and preparing food parcels.

“As part of their unpaid work offenders are also required to focus on areas such as victim awareness, alcohol or drug education and literacy and numeracy tutoring, all of which can contribute significantly to a reduction in reoffending .”

Last year 38,864 hours of unpaid work were carried out, through 75 team projects and 33 individual  placements.

The report, which will be considered by the council’s community safety and public protection committee on Monday (March 13), notes that people and organisations who had unpaid work carried out reported 100% satisfaction.

In addition 94% of people who were placed on CPOs reported satisfaction with the work and support provided to them.

Since CPOs were introduced at the turn of the decade the completion rate of community sentences has increased to 73%, up from 52%, with the number of people reoffending within one year reduced markedly.

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