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Updated: Jun 16, 2020

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think certain prisoners should be made to do unpaid community work instead of being put behind bars.

To what extent do you agree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



Student: Francesca from Italy Band Score: 7.0 Words: 323


In modern society, some people are arguing about the best way to rehabilitate people that end up in jail. In my opinion, there are different ways to make those prisoners great citizens again, and implementing programs that suit the person and the committed crime. In this essay, I am going to explain the reasons why community work is the key for some inmates.

On the one hand, once incarcerated, a person is often surrounded by criminals with bad behaviour. Those individuals should be separated in different rehabilitation programs depending on the gravity of the crime committed. Community work is essential to integrate people back in society, in particular for those that suffer depression and tend to be aggressive. For example, my father’s friend was incarcerated because he was violent to his family, instead of going to prison, the social authorities provided him with work in the community garden in his hometown. As a result, he found a way out from a criminal life without being violent and depressed anymore, gaining confidence with himself.

On the other hand, there are people that have been incarcerated due to selling drugs and abuse, those ones mixed with other prisoners might find a really bad influence with a much bigger chance to commit further crimes when out of prison. A better solution for some criminals is to provide voluntary jobs in the community. For instance, my neighbour was incarcerated because he was caught selling cannabis, he received a special rehabilitation program, working with the local council cleaning up parks and streets. Consequently, he found a way out from drugs, and thanks to this program he became very well known in the community becoming an important figure in town.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that unpaid work could be a solution for certain individuals, giving them the chance to stay away from criminal life, and becoming much better humans.

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