Straw launches high-visibility community punishment – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2008 in community service, news by sally

“From a distance, the five burly men hacking away at a patio in Slough yesterday might have looked like ordinary labourers. If they hoped that muddy boots and woolly hats allowed them to pass as builders doing a hard day’s work, however, they were wrong. These were the first convicted UK criminals forced to wear controversial ‘vests of shame’ – bright orange bibs designed as public reminders that offenders cleaning graffiti or laying pavements are being punished and not paid.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2008