Court Referral Community Service is an alternative sentencing option that allows misdemeanants the opportunity to contribute service to the South Bay, Harbor, Long Beach, West Los Angeles, Bellflower, and Inglewood areas in lieu of a fine and/or jail sentence.
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What is Community Service?
Community Service is a cooperative effort of the Volunteer Centers, various public and private nonprofit organizations, the Los Angeles Superior Court Districts, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
How does the program work?
Court Referral volunteers are referred by Superior Court Judges, Probation Officers and/or District Attorneys to the Volunteer Center. The number of hours to be served is at the sole discretion of the referring entities.
Court Referrals are interviewed and are matched with the needs of public and private nonprofit agencies. Court Referrals are further matched with service opportunities based on their availability, where they reside, and their offense. This service helps to alleviate overcrowding in jails and courtrooms. It also allows clients to serve without interrupting the positive influences in their lives, such as employment, education and family life. Volunteers are offered a choice of referrals according to their needs.
The needs of the public and private nonprofit organizations are also taken into consideration. Organizations participating in the program integrate the court referral volunteers with their regular volunteers, allowing them the same opportunities and considerations. Organizations are responsible for providing supervision and record keeping.
How does the community benefit?
How do the Court Referrals benefit?
Community Service gives individuals a sense of contribution. This allows volunteers to serve without interrupting the positive influences in life such as employment, education and family life. Many choose to continue their service to the community after completing their hours.