Despite the angry householders demanding he should not be let off, the judge said that he was sparing the jail sentence to launch him on a rehabilitation program called Choices and Consequences, commonly known as the C2 program, which no criminal has ever turned down.
The offender would be tagged for 36 months, be under curfew between 9pm and 6am and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work. Aside from that, he would attend the victim empathy course as well as alcohol and gambling intervention programs.
The Hertfordshire (that's where I live) C2 incentive is aimed at turning around the lives of prolific offenders to offer them a realistic opportunity to break free from the cycle of crime. The sentence reminds me of a heaven where we face our crimes and atone for our sins. Criminals who agree to take part in the program must obey the law for four years after which it is signed off. If they breach any of the rules in that time period, they are hauled back to court and jailed for their previous convictions.
It would be hard to break the cycle of offending. Many may have committed hundreds of crimes and have been in prison on a number of occasions. A criminal record makes it hard to find employment. They may be poorly educated and have limited social skills. Trapped in a cycle, they could face little option but to commit crime to make a living. It is hoped the sympathetic program will benefit local communities in the longer term. Source: Telegraph.
Here in our area, we belong to the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. A message service notifies us of local crime and gives advice on how to avoid it. Yesterday, I heard about power tool theft from vehicles. I noted a sign on the back of a parked van up the road which said, 'All tools removed.'
What are your views on treatment for burglars?