Hopefully this will do the criminals some good — perhaps they will see the horror of major crimes and be deterred. Let’s hope.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –– New Yorkers who got into minor trouble in Manhattan have been sentenced to Sandy cleanup.

Last week, 70 people who were given community service after pleading guilty to infractions like public drunkenness, open container violations or speeding, were shuttled to Coney Island in Brooklyn to help with cleanup efforts after the devastating storm.

“This was a creative way to try to help,” Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel Alonso told 1010 WINS. “It was almost a no-brainer to try to use our community service resources to try to help the Sandy communities.”

They raked leaves, shoveled mud and picked up garbage and debris. More than 1,000 bags of trash were collected in 732 hours of work. Swaths of Sandy-wrecked filthy streets and sidewalks were cleaned.

“In speaking with community members, we witnessed sadness in some of their faces, but also a determination. Local business owners…

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