Delinquents set for army role

15th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

15 December 2003, BRUSSELS – Delinquents found guilty of petty crime could in future be serving time with the Belgian army as an alternative to community service, as the country runs out of suitable placements.

15 December 2003

BRUSSELS – Delinquents found guilty of petty crime could in future be serving time with the Belgian army as an alternative to community service, as the country runs out of suitable placements.

Community service, a punishment which often replaces fines or penal sentences, is usually carried out in hospitals, rest homes, public parks and gardens – but judges are running out of suitable places to send offenders.

With the growth in petty crime, community service sentencing can run into the hundreds of hours, leaving justice departments desperately seeking places to put petty criminals to work.

Federal Defence Minister André Flahaut agreed to allow those sentenced to community service to do so in the army – an initial pilot will be run in two army barracks next month.

It has yet to be decided which army jobs will be open for community service.

Subject: Belgian news

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