Sir George Young has been visiting offenders who are paying something back to the community in Andover for their crimes.
Sir George spent a morning at Icknield School in Andover with the Hampshire Probation Service, visiting the Community Payback Scheme.
During the visit, the MP for North West Hampshire, met with offenders who were working at the School, which supports young people who have severe learning difficulties.
Offenders have been clearing the ground before developing a garden for the young people and decorating some of the classrooms
Each year Hampshire Probation Trust supervises more than 3000 offenders ordered on to Community Payback.
Residents are actively encoraged to nominate local projects for offenders to undertake. To nominate a project, visit www.hampshire-probation.gov.uk
"I was most impressed with what I saw. It is clearly a more cost effective option for non-violent offenders, and the community benefits from the work which they do under proper supervision. It is not a soft option, and those who don't show up without good reason are back before the courts."
"For offenders in work, the scheme operates at week-ends. The Probation Service are always keen to hear from non-profit makiing organisations who have projects that might qualify for the scheme."