Shatter: Probation an effective alternative to custody

Shatter: Probation an effective alternative to custody

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said that the Probation Service continues to provide an effective alternative to custody for our courts.

Minister Shatter made the comments as the Probation Service's Annual Report for 2011, shows that there was a 40% increase in the number of Community Service Orders made last year compared to 2010.

The Justice Minister said that community service benefits local communities, reduces public expenditure on prison services and requires convicted offenders to make amends for their crimes.


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