The Sheriff’s Community Service Program allows low-risk offenders the opportunity to complete their sentence in the community, while at the same time allowing the defendant 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.
Defendants will be assigned to a non-profit or governmental location. The defendant is given a time card to track their community service hours. It is up to the defendant to coordinate with the assigned location to schedule community service hours. Defendants are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours a month until the sentence is complete.
Last year, 694 individuals completed a total of 27,510 community service hours.
Eligibility requirements for the SCS Program:
- Defendant must meet the Alternative Sentencing Program General requirements.
- Administration fee $50.00 (one time fee)
- No current or previous Theft charges
- May not be supervised by a relative while performing community service
- Must serve at a non-profit or governmental placement.
- Pay Ada County Risk Management fee ($0.60 per hour)
- If part of an “all option” sentence:
- Must have less then 80 hours of community service
- Defendant can not have more than two convictions
If a defendant has been found guilty of the following charges, they are not eligible for the Sheriff’ Community Service Program.
- Injury to Child
- Resisting and Obstructing
- Domestic Battery
- Petit Theft
- Indecent Exposure
- Disturbing the Peace
- More than 2 convictions