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Community service

Published 25/08/2011

Most people would regard justice as making offenders give something back to the community. On that basis the boardwalk constructed on the hills above Belfast by offenders on community service orders was perfect retribution for their crimes.

They have created a walkway from Divis Mountain to Black Mountain opening up the magnificent views to a wide audience. For those who regard community service as an easy option for criminals, those who laid thousands of planks in marshy ground on the mountain tops during winter would justifiably disagree. However the project shows that with a bit of imagination, good can come from the most unlikely of sources. It was much more cost effective than jailing the offenders.

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