Dominic Raab unveils £ 93m new scheme to expand chain gangs and force more criminals to clean public spaces
- Violators will be forced to clean up public spaces under a £ 93 million garbage collection scheme
- Dominic Raab signs groundbreaking contract with Community Payback charity
- Every year, 500 additional garbage control gangs are hired each year
Violators will be forced to clean up more public spaces in the £ 93 million scheme he unveiled Dominic Raab today.
The Minister of Justice has signed the first contract with a national charity that will allow mass expansion of unpaid work schemes for convicted criminals.
Garbage cleaning gangs will spend millions of extra hours each year, with open spaces cleaned of rubbish in support of the Great Britain’s Spring Clean, backed by the Daily Mail.
Today, the recruitment of 500 additional staff to supervise the work of groups of offenders who have been instructed to carry out ‘community reimbursement’ as part of their punishment begins.
Mr Raab told the Daily Mail today that criminals will have to carry out “really hard transplants” such as removing graffiti and picking up rubbish.
Violators will be forced to clean up more public spaces in the £ 93m scheme unveiled today by Dominic Raab
The Minister of Justice (left) has signed the first contract with a national charity that will allow mass expansion of unpaid labor schemes for convicted criminals
After a visit by the Community Payback team to clean up at Perry Barr Locks in Birmingham yesterday, Mr Raab said: “It was surprising to see offenders who were once a nuisance to their local neighborhoods and are now proud to revive them.
“This additional investment will ensure that even more offenders will undertake hard, visible work to make good the damage they have done to society.”
One of the offenders involved in yesterday’s cleanup, Joseph Daniel, 36, said: “It’s rewarding to be outdoors and make a difference.
‘Repaying the community is hard work, but it has given me time to think about what I have done and why I am here and I want my life to go back in the right direction.’
The expansion of the projects will make it possible to increase the number of hours carried out each year from five million to eight million.
A new national partnership between the Probation Service and the Canal and River Trust will work violators along 2,000 miles of waterways.
The programs “support the Great British Spring Clean campaign supported by the Daily Mail – especially by keeping our beautiful waterways tidy and well-maintained so that local communities can fully enjoy them,” Mr Raab said.
Violators of the system will be required to wear well-visible Community Payback jackets.
Last July, Boris Johnson expressed support for “chain gangs with fluorescent jackets that visibly pay your debt to society”.
A major British spring clean-up organized by Keep Britain Tidy gathered more than 217,000 members of the public last year, who pledged to help clean up rubbish in open spaces across the country.
Today, the recruitment of 500 additional staff to supervise the work of groups of offenders who have been ordered to carry out ‘community reimbursement’ as part of their punishment begins.
Violators of such schemes have had to wear vests for years, but Mr Johnson said: “You will see more of this.”
The executive director of the Canal and River Trust, Richard Parry, said: “By working with Trust staff, offenders learn new skills and improve their employment opportunities, while helping to take care of our channels.”
A major British spring clean-up organized by Keep Britain Tidy last year brought together more than 217,000 members of the public who pledged to help clean up rubbish in open spaces across the country.