Payback sentences – in your own time

By Rebecca Buchan

Published: 14/01/2014

NORTH-EAST criminals are being handed “less meaningful sentences” in order to ease the pressure on Aberdeen City Council’s strained social work department.

City sheriffs have now started to allow extra time for people to carry out unpaid work in the community as there is a shortage of staff to supervise the growing number of offenders being placed on community payback orders.

On average the community justice team in the city is expected to deal with almost 100,000 hours of unpaid work every year. This is continuing to rise as the scheme is more frequently being used as a direct alternative to custody.

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