Published: 2020-12-06 16:13
Last Updated: 2021-04-14 16:13
According to official figures by the Ministry of Justice Sunday, 73 convicts had their sentences replaced with community service hours over the past three months.
This brings the total number of people who are enrolled in this community service program to 406 by the end of October. Only 181 of these community service sentences were completed.
Community service was added to the Penal Code in 2017 giving courts the authority to replace prison sentences with non-custodial sentences and community service hours. This alternative sentencing depends on the person's profile, age, recidivism and circumstances of the related crime or misdemeanor.
The law defines community service as unpaid work to serve the community for a period determined by the court, which must not be not less than 40 hours or more than 200 hours. The work must be completed within a maximum of one year.