MANY people think that community sentences are a soft touch for offenders.
Well today we give Examiner readers the chance to dictate the kind of work they should do to benefit the wider community.
We have teamed up with the police to give community groups the opportunity to get work done for free – and it can be quite hard labour!
And, perhaps, it will break down some of the myths behind community sentences.
Members of community groups will get to meet some of the offenders and will no doubt see another side to their characters.
The police say members of these Community Payback teams take a pride in their work – one even took his own paint brushes along to a job – and it can give them a new impetus and sense of purpose in their lives.
The public will be able to see that community sentences can be tough going and the community benefits from newly-painted church halls, neglected churchyards strimmed down and graffiti cleaned up.
In short, it certainly seems to be a win-win situation, but it’s up to you out there to make sure it works, quite literally.