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Offenders, community service orders (CSOs) and snow clearing

2010 December 2
by Mary Munro


“‘Payback’ scheme sees offenders helping to clear paths of snow” Courier
“Offenders called in to help clear snow” STV

Following posted on 30.11.10

“Soft–touch rules mean offenders can’t clear away snow” Express
“Criminals set for snow–clearing role” Scotsman

Following posted on 8.3.10

“2,000 offenders tackle Big Freeze” Scotsman

Following posted on 8.1.10

“MacAskill to meet ice–clearing criminals “ BBC
“Community service snow workers to meet Justice Secretary” STV
“Fife community service snow–clearers praised” Courier
“Few offenders doing spadework” Courier
“Offenders put to work clearing snow meet Minister” Herald
“Offenders set to work clearing pavements and pathways” Press and Journal
“MacAskill sees justice being done in Dunfermline” Press and Journal
“…But government still not in the clear” Press and Journal
“‘Send more cons to clear streets’” Express

Following posted on 7.1.10

“Criminals help to clear up the streets” Press and Journal
“Convicts ordered to clear snow and ice from Scotland’s roads instead of being jailed” Daily Record
“Criminals ‘should be made to clear snow’” Evening News
“Put criminals to work clearing icy pavements, say Tories” Telegraph
“Everyone must help shovel for Scotland, says Salmond” Times

Press release

“Snow clearing by offenders” Scot.Gov. (December 2010)
“Shifting the snow” Scot. Gov. (December 2010)
“Offenders help out during icy weather” Scot.Gov. (January 2010)

See also

Scottish Parliament Official Report 7.1.10: Annabel Goldie: Like most people in Scotland, I am totally supportive of community service in which the offenders are doing meaningful work. Heaven knows what work they could be doing that would be more meaningful than making our streets, pavements and public places safe.

Paul Morron comments:

*Just to say this isn’t alogether new. I recall in the early years of CSO in Scotland, snow clearance was quite a routine task that we got some of our offenders to do each winter though often more focussed in nature digging paths for vulnerable individuals (eg: elderly or disabled) to get out.”

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