Over ‘Covid fears,’ there are now more lags doing at-home community service than at the peak of the pandemic.

Because of Covid’s concerns, convicted criminals can still do community service from home, knitting hats and scarves for refugees, for example.

Despite the fact that legal restrictions were lifted a year ago, convicted criminals have served more than a quarter of a million hours of such sentences in their own homes this year.

In July 2021, all Covid restrictions were lifted in England, but official Government figures seen by the Daily Star Sunday show that lags from home delivered a total of 274,324 hours of court-ordered unpaid work in the year 2021/22.

This figure has risen since 2020, when the pandemic was at its peak and lockdown laws were in place.

Convicted lags are serving their sentences by knitting on their sofas at home.

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According to statistics from the 2020/21 year, we completed 59,314 hours of community service at home during the year we were all prohibited from leaving our homes.

The government has dubbed the “from home” community service projects Independent Working Projects, and claims that they have produced a variety of “worthwhile” work.

Convicted criminals have even been knitting hats, according to Kit Malthouse, the Tory Minister for Policing.

“During the pandemic, projects included a range of robust and practical tasks such as producing hats and scarves for Ukrainian refugees and making face masks and PPE for care homes and charities,” he said.

“Innovative schemes like these aid charitable causes while also ensuring that those who break the law are held accountable.” Safeguards have been put in place to ensure that offenders finish the project on time and to a high standard.”

Campaigners, on the other hand, argue that there is no reason for criminals to be able to hide behind closed doors when there is always “available” work in the community.

“There is an abundance of work that needs to be done, and now that Covid is over, these measures should be stopped,” Sarah Bridges of Community First Base, a community organization in Sussex, said.

“It’s unclear why this has occurred this year, given that restrictions were lifted some time ago, but it’s not all cases of community service.”

“Community service is about making your neighborhood a better place to live as a way of apologizing to those you’ve harmed.”

“Seeing justice in action, as well as people giving back, is also important for the community.” As a result, the plan that allows this to take place behind closed doors isn’t ideal.”

The government has confirmed that work is currently underway to end the scheme, with the “community service from home” project set to end in the next three weeks.

“The Independent Working Projects are currently only being deployed in a limited and targeted manner to support our recovery from COVID-19,” Mr Malthouse continued in his speech to Parliament. In the summer, we’ll review independent working projects with the goal of completely eliminating them by September.”

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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