Dominic Raab unveils new £93 million scheme to expand chain gangs

Dominic Raab unveils new £93 million scheme to expand chain gangs and force more criminals to clean up public spaces

  • Offenders will be made to clean up public spaces in £93m litter pick scheme
  • Dominic Raab signs groundbreaking deal with charity for ‘Community Payback
  • 500 extra staff now being recruited to oversee litter-clearing gangs each year
  • Offenders will be forced to clean up more public spaces in a £93million scheme unveiled by Dominic Raab 今日.

    The Justice Secretary has signed the first ever deal with a national charity which will allow a massive expansion of unpaid work schemes for convicted criminals.

    Millions of extra hours will be carried out by litter-clearing gangs each year, with open spaces cleared of rubbish in support of the Daily Mail-backed Great British Spring Clean.

    Recruitment begins today of 500 extra staff to oversee work by teams of offenders, who have been ordered to carry out ‘Community Payback’ as part of their punishment.

    Writing exclusively for the Daily Mail today, Mr Raab said the criminals will be required to carry out ‘real hard graft’ such as removing graffiti and picking up litter.

    Offenders will be forced to clean up more public spaces in a £93million scheme unveiled by Dominic Raab today

    Offenders will be forced to clean up more public spaces in a £93million scheme unveiled by Dominic Raab today

    The Justice Secretary (左) has signed the first ever deal with a national charity which will allow a massive expansion of unpaid work schemes for convicted criminals

    The Justice Secretary (左) has signed the first ever deal with a national charity which will allow a massive expansion of unpaid work schemes for convicted criminals

    After visiting a Community Payback team carrying out a clean-up at Perry Barr Locks, バーミンガム, 昨日, Mr Raab said: ‘It was striking to see offenders, once the scourge of their local neighbourhoods, now taking pride in reviving them.

    ‘This extra investment will make sure even more offenders undertake tough, visible work to repay the damage they have caused to society.’

    One offender taking part in yesterday’s clean-up, Joseph Daniel, 36, 前記: ‘It’s rewarding being outdoors and making a difference.

    ‘Community Payback is hard work, but it’s given me time to reflect on what I’ve done and why I’m here and I want my life back on track.’

    Expansion of the projects will allow the number of hours carried out each year to rise from five million to eight million.

    A new national partnership between the Probation Service and the Canal and River Trust will see offenders working along 2,000 miles of waterways.

    The programmes are ‘supporting the Daily Mail-backed Great British Spring Clean campaign – in particular, by keeping our beautiful waterways tidy and well maintained so local communities can enjoy them to the full’, Mr Raab said.

    Offenders on the scheme will be required to wear high-visibility Community Payback vests.

    昨年7月, Boris Johnson indicated his support for ‘fluorescent-jacketed chain gangs visibly paying your debt to society’.

    The Great British Spring Clean ¿ organised by Keep Britain Tidy ¿ last year saw more than 217,000 members of the public pledge to help clear up rubbish in open spaces across the country

    The Great British Spring Clean – organised by Keep Britain Tidy – last year saw more than 217,000 members of the public pledge to help clear up rubbish in open spaces across the country

    Recruitment begins today of 500 extra staff to oversee work by teams of offenders, who have been ordered to carry out ¿Community Payback¿ as part of their punishment.

    Recruitment begins today of 500 extra staff to oversee work by teams of offenders, who have been ordered to carry out ‘Community Payback’ as part of their punishment.

    Offenders on such schemes have been required to wear the vests for years, but Mr Johnson said: ‘You are going to be seeing more of that.’

    Chief executive of the Canal and River Trust, Richard Parry, 前記: ‘Working alongside Trust colleagues, offenders are learning new skills and improving their prospect of employment, while helping to care for our canals.’

    The Great British Spring Clean – organised by Keep Britain Tidy – last year saw more than 217,000 members of the public pledge to help clear up rubbish in open spaces across the country.

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