Payback: Not a soft option

AS a former Local Justice and victim of crime, I feel I must comment on the letter regarding the hi-visibility Community Payback vests (Citizen June 8).

The wearing of the vest is about justice being seen to be done and to let the general public know the Community Payback Orders are not the soft option that they are widely assumed to be.

It needs to be remembered that those convicted bring the public humiliation on themselves when they decide to commit these crimes.

More importantly, what about the victims of crime, are they not entitled to see these offenders being punished?

As a previous member of the local bench, we usually “got it right” not to mention, of course, that there is always the right of appeal.

I also think that the author of the letter should look up the word ‘torture’ as they do not seem to know it.