Almost 2,500 Community Payback Orders were revoked after being breached in Scotland last year.
New figures from the Scottish Government show that 18,500 orders commenced in 2013/14, including almost 3,000 in Tayside and Fife.
The data also revealed that 2,468 Scottish CPOs were stopped over that period after the offender breached the terms of their court-agreed sentence, often by failing to turn up for work.
Coming up in Tuesday’s edition of The Courier, our reporter heads out on the job with a CPO painting team and finds out how difficult the punishment really is.
The social work boss behind the scheme rejects allegations of “soft touch justice”, and we speak to the charity worker whose workplace has been transformed by criminals.