Community payback orders – your views are wanted

Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Service (CJS) is consulting residents, community groups and organisations about Community Payback Orders (CPOs). These are given out by Courts so offenders can pay for their crimes as an alternative to prison sentences.

You can send in your views by completing CJS’s consultation form. If you provide contact details, CJS can let you know when the Council’s 2015-2016 CPO Report is available. If you would like further information, please contact , or telephone 0131 469 3408.

In particular, CJS wants to know what you think about the unpaid work part of a CPO, which replaced community service in 2011. This is when an offender does unpaid work within the community.

  • Do you have any experience of offenders doing unpaid work in your community?
  • Do you have any ideas about residents, community projects or organisations who could benefit from unpaid work support?

If you know of someone or a group that could benefit from unpaid work support, you can complete CJS’s suggestion form. Please note that CJS may not be able to help with every request it receives but it will tell you why.

Why CJS is asking for your views

Your information will help CJS improve how it work with communities. It wants to increase understanding of CPOs and their importance in helping offenders reintegrate into society and reduce the likelihood of them reoffending. CJS also wants to generate more discussion with communities about unpaid work opportunities.