Community Service

The Sheriff’s Community Service Program allows participants to complete their sentence in the community, while also allowing them to maintain employment and family obligations. 

Community service sentences are measured in hours, not days. Court sentences can be converted from days to hours if approved by the court. Unless specified by the courts, one day can be converted to eight hours of community service.

It is up to the participant to coordinate with the assigned location to schedule community service hours. They are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours a month until the sentence is complete.

Last year, 1,831 people placed in SCS programs completed a total of 90,000 community service hours. 


Eligibility requirements for the SCS Program:

  • Participants must pay a one-time $50 administration fee.
  • They can't have current or previous theft charges.
  • They can't be supervised by a relative while performing community service.
  • They must serve at a non-profit or governmental placement.
  • They must pay the Ada County Risk Management fee of $0.60 per hour.
  • If part of an “all option” sentence, participants must have less then 80 hours of community service and can't have more than two convictions.

If an inmate has been found guilty of the following charges, they are not eligible for the Sheriff’ Community Service Program.

  • Injury to Child
  • Battery
  • Fighting
  • Resisting and Obstructing
  • Domestic Battery
  • Petit Theft
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Disturbing the Peace