Criminals will be forced to carry out full-time “hard labour” in an attempt to toughen up community punishments, ministers announced yesterday.Excellent news!
Offenders not jailed will be expected to work four days a week and spend the fifth day looking for a job under a shake-up of the much-criticised community payback scheme.
Under the new proposals, offenders who do not already have a job will be made to carry out unpaid “hard” work for eight hours a day, four days a week.Spot on!” That’s the sort of work they should..be…
That will include clearing up litter, cleaning graffiti and maintaining parks, community farms and other green spaces.
Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith used two day-release prisoners to paint her £450,000 home when they should have been doing community work./facepalm
Still, maybe the fragrant Miss Smith had no knowledge of this?
It also emerged that, as payment for the work, Miss Smith donated an unspecified amount to a local charity which organised the project, the Batchley Support Group.Yes, it’s not looking good, is it?
A Prison Service spokeswoman confirmed they knew nothing at the time and the project has since been suspended.If only Jaqcui had been able to get her hands on Andy Dufresne, her Parliamentary expenses would have been a wonder to behold!
She said: ‘The decision to provide prisoners for this work was taken without consultation with HMP Hewell or the Ministry of Justice and was a mistake.
‘Offenders should work on projects which help the whole community.
‘The scheme has been suspended while a full internal investigation is undertaken.’
The prisoners were doing unpaid work, supervised by Batchley staff, as part of a ‘resettlement to work’ strategy.
Interesting phrasing, that; ‘no official links’…
No-one from the charity could be contacted for comment last night.
Miss Smith is not believed to have any official links to the charity.