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Most social work orders include unpaid work 02/06/2014 More social work orders than ever before contain an element of unpaid work, according to figures released last week.

Most social work orders include unpaid work

More social work orders than ever before contain an element of unpaid work, according to figures released last week.

Social work orders include community payback, community service, probation, supervised attendance and drug treatment and testing orders.

The new statistics show that:

  • Unpaid work totalling almost 1.8 million hours was imposed on offenders in Scotland last year.
  • Of the 19,400 social work orders commenced in 2012-13, 79% contained an element of unpaid work. The total number of unpaid hours - 1,794,854 - signifies a three percent increase on 2011-12.
  • Community payback orders accounted for 15,900 of the social work orders, with 80% including an element of unpaid work.

“Recorded crime in Scotland is now at its lowest level for 39 years and reconviction rates are at their lowest levels for 14 years,” said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

“The evidence shows that short prison sentences do not work to rehabilitate offenders or to reduce the risk of reoffending,” he added. “Our main social work order, the Community Payback Order, makes offenders payback to the community and address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.”

 

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