As I write this, Community Payback workers are busy cleaning the playground facilities by the Community Centre. This is the second round of work that we have asked them to do; the first was a substantial amount of hedge cutting.
Not only does this provide a very cheap way of tackling necessary community projects, it also gives offenders a useful role in society. We pay the organisation £20-£50 and they send a team of offenders to carry out the work, under supervision.
Are there any other projects that you think would benefit from such the scheme?
You can find out more here: http://www.communitypayback.com/