Community Restitution is an alternative program designed to reduce jail overcrowding by providing offenders a work option to meet court obligations to include:
In addition to screening offenders, the Community Restitution Coordinator monitors the type of work assigned and ensures that offenders complete their assigned task.
The community restitution program is an out of custody program supervised by Adult Probation Services. Referrals to the community restitution program come from the courts and Department of Corrections. These referrals provide sentencing alternatives to serving time in jail as well as providing work that is beneficial to the county and its communities.
Who Benefits From the Program?
Everyone benefits by our county and it's communities being improved. The agencies and groups using the program save money and the offenders gain job skills. One of the program's goals is to help offenders learn new skills so they can get in a line of work and break the chain that keeps them in the criminal justice system. Many offenders don't even have basic life skills such as setting an alarm clock, dressing for the job and using appropriate language.
Community Restitution participants find that participating in our projects are very rewarding as well as an effective way of being responsible for their fines and/or jail sentences they might owe.