Community Service/Work Crew
Community Service Program
The Juvenile Department developed the Community Service Program in February 1996.
About the Program
Program goals are:
- To hold youth accountable for their actions by requiring them to labor for the benefit of the community
- To help youth develop respect for the juvenile correction system, society, and their community
- To deter youth from any further illegal acts
A youth may receive Community Service hours through Court ordered probation or by entering into a Formal Accountability Agreement with their Juvenile Court Counselor. Prior to performing their Community Service obligation, they must attend a group orientation. At that time, the Community Service Coordinator will make work assignments and explain the conditions and expectations of Community Service.
Community Service is performed throughout the county at non-profit agencies. Youth work under the supervision of the agency staff. Youth are responsible for getting to the work site and performing the duties assigned. Upon completion of their assignment, a time sheet must be submitted to the Juvenile Department for verification of hours worked.
Work Crew provides a more closely supervised work environment. It is another way in which youth can take responsibility for their actions. A youth may receive a Work Crew assignment in several ways:
- The youth has been identified by the Juvenile Department as not appropriate for the Community Service program
- The youth has failed to successfully complete a Community Service assignment
- Work Crew has been Court ordered
Work Crews are composed of no more than six youths and one supervisor. The tasks are varied but generally consist of outdoor, labor-intensive work. Youth assigned to Work Crew are expected to follow all conditions of Work Crew as set by the Juvenile Department or they will be in violation of their probation. Any failure to comply will result in an immediate dismissal from Work Crew. Further sanctions will be determined by their Juvenile Counselor or the Court.
The Community Service and Work Crew programs are beneficial to both the youth and the community. Youth learn that they are responsible for their actions when they have to work as a consequence of those actions. The community and non-profit organizations benefit from the hundreds of hours of community service that are served annually.