Community service: An alternative sentence for some

Community service: An alternative sentence for some

When you’re accused of a crime, you may have the ability to work
on a plea deal with the help of your attorney. One of the things you might
want to try to do instead of settling for a jail or prison term is to
work out a community service exchange.

Court-ordered community service is sometimes a good option in exchange
for incarceration, and it tends to be joined with other alternative sentences
such as probation, a suspended sentence or fines.

Community service is typically more beneficial to society than having you
go to prison. While prison costs money and becomes an expense to taxpayers,
community service provides you a chance to offer your time and services
in aid of the community instead. This saves the state money, and it helps
strengthen your community.

Community service sentences are seen as a benefit to those who would have
otherwise been incarcerated, because it gives them a chance to be engaged
in the community and to rehabilitate through service. It’s widely
accepted that community service can help educate and enrich the lives
of offenders.

The kind of service you’ll perform if you’re ordered to serve
a community service sentence depends on your crime. For instance, if you
were caught with drugs, you may be asked to speak to students about the
dangers of drug use or addiction. If you were speeding while driving under
the influence of alcohol, you might be asked to go to community groups
or schools to talk about the dangers of drunk driving and disobeying traffic laws.