Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) (No.2) Act 2011
August 3, 2011
Minister Shatter steered through the Oireachtas the Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) (No.2) Act 2011, which imposes an obligation on the courts when considering imposing a sentence of 12 months or less on a convicted offender to first consider requiring the offender to undertake community service. This measure is intended to bring about a greater use of Community Service Orders to the benefit of local communities and to save taxpayers money in the context of the cost incurred when convicted offenders serve short terms of imprisonment. It is also intended to partially address the current problem of prison overcrowding and the granting of unconditional temporary release to prisoners prior to their becoming eligible for release on remission. The Act was signed into law by President Mary McAleese on 2nd August 2011.
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