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Community work sentences total 1.8m hours

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/01/2017
Corrections Minister Louise Upston says community work gave them valuable skills to help them gain employment. © Getty Image Corrections Minister Louise Upston says community work gave them valuable skills to help them gain employment.

Offenders across the country completed more than 1.8 million hours of community work last year.

Corrections Minister Louise Upston says it gave them valuable skills to help them gain employment.

"People sentenced to community work can use the opportunity to take responsibility for their offending and learn new skills and work habits," she says.

A community work sentence requires offenders to complete a set number of hours of unpaid work which benefits the community.

Offenders can be required to do between 40 and 400 hours of community work, and can work up to 10 hours a day, or up to 40 hours in any one week.

Sentences can include painting, gardening, building, graffiti cleaning, restoration, recycling and the maintenance of public land.

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