Community payback is part of a bigger picture

Community payback is part of a bigger picture

Whilst shedding light on slack supervision of offenders on community payback, unsurprisingly the ITV programme  last night did nothing to provide a more balanced view and did nothing to explain the complexities of the types of community sentences delivered by probation, the private sector and the voluntary sector.

Our enquiry has already looked closely at the Intensive Alternative to Custody in Greater Manchester which is undoubtedly tough and hard work and we will be visiting other intensive community programmes around the country to identify the key criteria to a successful punishment in terms of reducing re-offending.  It would be have been helpful if those on the programme could have used the air time to have a more constructive conversation about the challenges of finding appropriate programmes and keeping disaffected young people suitably employed for hours on end rather than simply slagging the existing system.