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How Britain pioneered an alternative to prison

In the 1970s the UK tried to reduce its growing prison population.

An experimental new punishment was introduced for convicted criminals. It was called Community Service.

The scheme was soon copied around the world.

Witness History speaks to John Harding, a former Chief Probation Officer, who was in charge of the introduction of Community Service in one of the first pilot schemes.

Witness History: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 07 Aug 2019
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