Archive for the 'community service' Category

Ken Clarke warned over ‘catastrophic’ community punishment cuts – The Guardian

“Imminent budget cuts are set to create a funding ‘black hole’ in the criminal justice system with catastrophic consequences for innovative community sentences, experts have warned.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High risk criminals given community orders – Daily Telegraph

“Thousands of dangerous criminals are handed community sentences every year despite being a high risk to the public, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sentencing reform to focus on reoffending – The Independent

“Thousands of offenders will avoid jail under an overhaul of sentencing powers that will focus on cutting reoffending.”

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The Independent, 7th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Related link: Sentencing and rehabilitation: government proposals for reform

Ken Clarke plans tough changes to community service – run privately – The Guardian

“Justice ministers are looking at proposals to turn community sentences into intensive programmes that run five days a week and are enforceable by the withdrawal of benefits, in an attempt to create alternatives to prison that are perceived as credible by the public.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former soldiers could make community service tougher for offenders – The Guardian

“A ‘dads’ army’ of former soldiers would run community service programmes for offenders under a radical cost-cutting privatisation plan that has shocked unions.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kent dog breeder Melanie King banned for animal cruelty – BBC News

“A Kent breeder who kept dogs in ‘truly appalling’ conditions has been banned from keeping animals for life.”

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BBC News, 9th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Exeter knife woman taunted by park boys escapes jail – BBC News

“A woman who threatened a group of young boys with a knife in a Devon park, has been spared jail.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hampshire couple fined after dumping lizards in hedge – BBC News

“A couple who dumped five pet bearded dragons in bin bags have both been fined £1,113.”

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BBC News, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Community punishment criticised as ‘holiday camp’ – BBC News

“The use of community service has been criticised after criminals were filmed drinking tea and smoking illegal drugs.”

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BBC News, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Probation chiefs’ ‘concern’ over community sentences – BBC News

“Probation chiefs are concerned over how they will cope with a move away from prison sentences to more community-based punishments, a survey suggests.”

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BBC News, 31st August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man sentenced over indecent images of Harry Potter star Emma Watson – The Independent

“A man who superimposed the head of Harry Potter star Emma Watson on to indecent images of children was given a community order today.”

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The Independent, 31st August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Can community sentences replace jail? – BBC News

“With the prison population rising, along with the cost of keeping people locked up, ministers have indicated they want to see fewer people serving short jail terms. But are community sentences a real alternative?”

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BBC News, 16th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Dancer spared jail over benefits fraud – The Independent

“A  61-year-old jazz dancer who fraudulently claimed nearly £20,000 in disability benefits walked free from court today.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Make community sentences more challenging’ – The Independent

“Government plans to increase the use of community sentences for petty offenders may have little immediate impact on prison populations and increase costs in the short term, a senior magistrate warned today.”

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The Independent, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Transsexual spared jail because of risk of attack – Daily Telegraph

“A transsexual who downloaded child pornography has been spared jail after a judge said that time in prison would be an ‘appalling experience’ for her.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fraudster claimed disability benefits while playing football – Daily Telegraph

“A man who claimed benefits worth thousands of pounds by saying he could not walk without a stick was caught on camera running around a pitch playing football.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former head of prisons: short sentences don’t stop reoffending – The Independent

“Prison has no effect in stopping thousands of criminals reoffending and politicians should look again at whether it is a suitable punishment for minor crimes, the outgoing head of the prison service has said.”

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The Independent, 9th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

News of the World story on John Terry’s dad was entrapment, says judge – The Guardian

“A crown court judge today described the News of the World’s story about the father of England footballer John Terry selling cocaine as a ‘very, very clear case of entrapment’.”

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The Guardian, 1st June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teacher escapes prison over dumbbell attack – Daily Telegraph

“A teacher who snapped and attacked a pupil who had been goading him was spared a prison sentence today when he was handed a two-year community order.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Devon man who hit his baby son must pay him £50 – BBC News

“A father who hit his baby son because he knocked a photo frame off a television has been ordered to pay him £50 compensation.”

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BBC News, 7th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prison population ‘should be cut’ by third, say MPs – BBC News

“The number of inmates in England and Wales’ jails should be cut by a third, and the money saved put into community penalties, a report by MPs has said.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Women prison places reduced to fund community services – Ministry of Justice

“Vulnerable women offenders are to get more support in the community to turn away from crime.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Offenders give flowers to victims in community justice trial scheme – Daily Telegraph

“Police are imposing informal punishments – such as forcing offenders to give flowers to their victims – in a return to community justice.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Probation Service boss Phil Wheatley wants fewer community sentences – The Times

“Community sentences should be replaced by fines for thousands of offenders, the head of the Probation Service says.”

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The Times, 20th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Public pick community punishments – BBC News

“The results of a public vote to choose which community punishments offenders will face have been announced.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Convicted teenager Kane Beales wins legal fight over ‘shame’ jackets – The Times

“A convicted teenager who refused to wear a high visibility jacket labelled ‘Community Payback’ was today told by a court that he had a ‘reasonable excuse’.”

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The Times, 5th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Public have their say on how criminals payback – Ministry of Justice

“A new campaign that explains how the public can have their say on the work offenders carry out on Community Payback was launched today by Justice Secretary Jack Straw and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th March 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Public to vote on criminals’ community sentences – Daily Telegraph

“The public will be able to vote on the community sentence punishments they want criminals to carry out, from today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Community sentences laughed at, report finds – Daily Telegraph

“Community sentences are ‘laughed at’ because offenders who breach them are not punished harshly enough, according to a study by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King’s College, London.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Record numbers of criminals breach their community service – Daily Telegraph

“Record numbers of criminals are breaking community service orders, with more than one in three failing to complete their punishment.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Davison – Times Law Reports

Regina v Davison

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“The length of a community order was not necessarily governed by how long it took the offender to carry out a specified task.”

The Times, 5th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note that the Times Law Reports are only availalble free on Times Online for 21 days from th date of publication.

Straw launches high-visibility community punishment – The Guardian

“From a distance, the five burly men hacking away at a patio in Slough yesterday might have looked like ordinary labourers. If they hoped that muddy boots and woolly hats allowed them to pass as builders doing a hard day’s work, however, they were wrong. These were the first convicted UK criminals forced to wear controversial ‘vests of shame’ – bright orange bibs designed as public reminders that offenders cleaning graffiti or laying pavements are being punished and not paid.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Offenders on community work projects will have to wear orange bibs – The Times

“Tens of thousands of criminals sentenced to community punishment are to be forced from next week to wear high visibility orange bibs identifying them as offenders.”

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The Times, 28th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Record number of criminals being handed community court orders – Daily Telegraph

“A record number of criminals are being handed community court orders despite one in three being breached by offenders.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Public lack facts on community orders, say MPs – The Guardian

“The confidence of the public and the courts in the use of community sentences is being undermined by a lack of information about their effectiveness, according to a Commons committee report today.”

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The Guardian, 4th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More than one million criminals on community punishments “might not complete sentences” – Daily Telegraph

“More than one million offenders sentenced to a community punishment every year might not be completing their sentences properly, MPs said today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Justice Minister launches Citizens Panels – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister David Hanson has launched the Citizens Panels pilot scheme to give communities more say in the type of work offenders carry out in the community.”

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Ministry of Justice, 29th September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Penalties for partners who block child access – The Observer

“Separated husbands and wives who block their former partners from seeing their children could be forced to do community service under new laws coming into force in the autumn.”

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The Observer, 7th September 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Government sets out tougher community work for offenders – Ministry of Justice

“Steps to further toughen up [sic] the demanding physical work offenders carry out on community payback were outlined today (1st September) by Justice Minister David Hanson.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Community punishments can be pointless, says judge – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has said there was no ‘point’ in community punishments if offenders were given nothing to do and were ‘sitting around’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judges ‘do not trust community service’ – Daily Telegraph

“Judges are sentencing criminals to prison terms because they do not believe alternative community service orders will be properly implemented, England’s most senior judge has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Justice Secretary commits to providing effective community sentences – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has given his commitment to offer more community sentences that provide effective punishment and rehabilitation for offenders, benefiting communities whilst reducing reoffending.”

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Ministry of Justice, 7th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Thousands are dodging community punishment by claiming ‘I overslept’ – Daily Telegraph

“Thousands of offenders who fail to turn up for community punishments are avoiding being returned to court if they claim to have overslept or produce their own sick note, the public spending watchdog says today.”

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The Times, 31st January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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