Community Payback in London

A new approach to Community Payback that will see offenders completing tougher, more intensive punishments began recently in London, England. Serco, with London Probation Trust, will run Community Payback so it better tackles reoffending and delivers greater value for money. The four-year London contract will save taxpayers £25 million and ensure:
• Community Payback begins within days of sentencing.

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London To Divert Mentally Ill From Prison

LONDON The first step toward establishing a national service to divert the mentally ill from prison is due to be announced by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.
The two cabinet ministers will announce they have found $8 million to put into 100 diversion sites across England and Wales as part of their plan to create a national liaison and diversion service by 2014.
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London Mayor Encourages Employment for Former Offenders

LONDON — London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, is urging construction bosses to employ juvenile ex-offenders for projects in the city.

The Mayor is ensuring jobs with the Greater London Authority’s construction projects and wants to see more programs like the Olympic Delivery Authority’s pilot program, which is providing work placements for up to 60 ex-offenders on the Olympic Park.

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