Ann S Sheeley (sheeleylaw) wrote,
Ann S Sheeley

Alternative Sentencing: Court-Ordered Community Service

Incarcerating a criminal offender is not always the most effective penalty. Particularly in cases where the offenders are minors, alternative sentences like court-ordered community service may help them realize the gravity of their wrongdoing as they serve the society through different means.

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When a judge sentences court-ordered community service, it is expected that the individual completes the required hours in various agencies or organizations as suggested by the court. However, in some cases, an offender can choose the place where he or she will volunteer. After the number of hours required has been rendered, the court will verify the sentence’s fulfillment with the organization.

Community service is usually done in government-owned facilities like public schools, state parks, community court, city halls, and other public offices. Spending hours volunteering in hospices, hospitals, or senior homes is also an option. Nonprofit organizations that aim to improve the society by building houses or by caring for the homeless could also be a viable place to spend service hours. Before enlisting to volunteer in an agency or an organization, an individual must first seek the approval of the probation officer to ensure the validity.

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On top of spending hours doing community service, other forms of punishment may be given such as fine, probation, or restitution. The goal of these alternative sentences is to inculcate in the individual an awareness for and obedience to society’s laws.

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Tags: alternative sentences, community service, court-ordered community service
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