Source: (2012) London: Victim Support and Make Justice Work.

Victims’ views on community sentencing are broadly in line with those of the wider public. Victims are open to the use of community sentences in dealing with lower level offences and take a flexible view of sentencing which allows for mitigating factors to be taken into account. However, while they are open to community sentences in principle, victims along with the wider public have doubts about them in practice. Victims are sceptical about whether offenders will take community sentences seriously and how firmly they will be held to account if they do not. They have concerns about the credibility of certain elements of community sentences, including restorative justice, unpaid work in the community or Community Payback, and electronic tagging. Doubts also remain about whether community sentences can effectively punish or deter offenders. (excerpt)

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