The PCA is delighted to celebrate the 40th birthday of Community Payback, which has recently been marked. Over the past four decades the name may have changed – Community Service, Community Punishment – but it’s principles of reparation, rehabilitation and punishment have remained. Continue reading here…
Unpaid Work by offenders in the community, originally known as Community Service, was introduced in October 1972 as a new sentencing option. Since then it has changed and developed in both name and substance.
The Probation Association and the Probation Chiefs Association have called for “responsible competition” for probation services to ensure that the greatest gains can be made in reducing re-offending, helping to cut crime. In a Joint Statementthe two organisations, which represent the leadership of Probation Trusts in England and Wales, congratulated Serco and London Probation Trust on their winning bid to provide Community Payback in London, announced today (Fri, 13 July).
We support competition and diversity in service provision and look forward to Probation Trusts becoming the prime commissioners of probation services.
PCA letter from Chair Sue Hall published in The Guardian; 24 08 2011