New consultation to look at Community Payback Orders

A consultation was launched today (Monday 8 July 2013) to ask people for their views about Community Payback Orders, known as CPOs.

CPOs were introduced in 2011 and are given by the courts to offenders to pay for their crimes as an alternative to prison sentences. They can involve unpaid work, the completion of intensive supervision, alcohol, drug or behavioural programmes.

The Council is asking residents and community groups for their feedback to help improve understanding of CPOs, their importance in helping offenders reintegrate into society and reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

One of the aims of the consultation is also to identify more opportunities in Edinburgh for unpaid community work to be carried out by offenders. This work could include repainting community centres, community clear ups or supporting charity shops with deliveries. Recent projects have included Craigies Farm Eco-Garden, the Brake the Cycle initiative and graveyard renovation.

A suggestion form is available for people to nominate groups, residents, organisations or projects that could benefit from this assistance.The consultation will run until 4 August and the survey can be accessed online.

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