Clients Served Last Year:
Leslie Dewrance-Doucet, MPA
The current overpopulated jail system often does more harm than good to those incarcerated, particularly to those who have committed low-level, non-violent crimes.
Provide an alternative to incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenders while also enhancing the community-at-large.
How We Do it:
After receiving a referral from the court, individuals are screened and interviewed by an Intake Specialist and then placed to one of our 250 work sites where they perform relevant volunteerism for their determined period of time. They are monitored by a Case Manager who ensure they are fulfilling their obligations. Additionally, participants develop new skills and are linked to supportive services.
Community Service activities may include: parks and highway beautification, graffiti cleanup, support to social service agencies or governmental work sites, and more.
The Outcomes of Community Service
Through purposeful work site placement, Community Service participants gain a better understanding of how their behavior adversely impacts the community.
The program evokes responsibility of the offender for their actions, provides an opportunity for individuals to gain new skills, and often leads to long-lasting volunteer opportunities or even permanent employment.
What People Say About Community Service
I am a Case Manager at EAC Network with the District Attorney’s Pre-Plea Community Service program. Coming from a background in social work, I am committed to assisting others to improve their lives, and I feel as though the Pre-Plea Community Service program has allowed for that. The Community Service program offers clients an opportunity to take accountability for their actions and presents a constructive means of repairing damages caused by their crimes, while at the same time benefiting the community. The program focuses on clients’ strengths and potentially improves clients’ sense of self-worth. It has been particularly rewarding to receive a phone call from a client informing me of how great their placement was and how much they learned from it, or to receive a phone call from a site supervisor thanking me for sending such a hard worker. I have witnessed firsthand clients who have had such a positive experience from completing their community service that they have continued to volunteer at the site after fulfilling their obligation to the court. I have even had clients offered employment at their site upon completing their community service hours. My personal experience working with EAC Network has been extremely positive and rewarding. I am very fortunate to have a genuinely supportive Program Director and co-workers who have continued to offer support since the day that I started.
I was really upset when I was sentenced to perform 35 hours of community service. I thought I was going to be assigned to clean bathrooms or some other disgusting job. Instead, the Intake Specialist listened to my concerns, determined that I needed to work in a structured setting, and respectfully assigned me to work at a non-profit agency close to my home. Due to my performance at my community service worksite, I was offered a job at the end of my assignment
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