Littlehey inmates refurbish bicycles in 'payback' scheme
Jul 17, 2012
from the article on BBC News Cambridgeshire:
Inmates from HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire have been refurbishing run-down bicycles recovered by police, before they are donated to charities.
Chief Constable Simon Parr said the scheme was part of a "restorative justice agenda" enabling prisoners to provide a community service.
In May the Independent Monitoring Board expressed concern about a lack of "meaningful activity" for some inmates.
Governor David Taylor said the scheme offered offenders both work and skills.
Each year Cambridgeshire Police recover hundreds of stolen or abandoned bicycles.
Those not reunited with their owners are offered for sale at auction.
Unwanted bicycles are sent to the young offenders' unit and once refurbished are donated to victims of crime and disadvantaged families who might otherwise be unable to transport their children to school.