Cheshire′s Police and Crime Commissioner says ‘Community Remedy′ punishments could provide a real step forward in tackling anti social behaviour.
John Dwyer is urging people to make their views known on the proposals, which are now in a consultation period.
‘Community Remedy′ will allow a victim of anti social behaviour or low-level crime to select the punishment for the offender from a list of options agreed by their local Police and Crime Commissioner.
These are likely to include measures such as: paying compensation, repairing damage or cleaning up graffiti, doing unpaid work or taking part in alcohol or drug treatment.
John Dwyer said, "This system will give the victim a real voice and should provide quick and effective solutions to the type of low level crime and anti social behaviour which blights people′s lives.
"In many cases there will also be a benefit to the wider community and, ultimately, a positive outcome for the offender. In fitting the punishment to the crime it should make the offender more aware of the consequences of his, or her, actions; a vital factor in preventing re-offending.
"Tackling yobbish behaviour was a high priority in my manifesto and ‘Community Remedy′ can be a significant part of that.
"These punishments are not intended to be soft options. Restorative Justice is already being used successfully in Cheshire and these measures, used in appropriate cases, can extend its range and effectiveness."