Pay back time

First published in Letters

I KNOW many people think that community service is a soft option for people convicted of a crime, but in my experience it has a really positive effect, not only on the people who have to serve it, but also on the communities in which they work.

Last weekend a group of men from Community Payback, along with Lizzy their supervisor, spent all day clearing rubbish and weeds from around Pill Millennium Centre.

They put in a lot of effort to remove a huge amount of rubbish, all of them cheerfully working and clearly proud of their efforts.

I thanked them for their work, and spoke to Lizzy as well, and the impression I got was that they felt good about giving something back to the community; most of these lads are employed in the week so they complete their community service on the weekend.

Surely this is a better way for them to “pay” for their crimes than fining them or giving them short prison services which cost the taxpayer and give nothing positive back?

Sally Wallis Pillgwenlly Newport

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree