Probation Community Service

Probation community service has been designed for criminal offenders to repay the community a service as part redemption for the crime or crimes they have committed.

Community work is assigned where government funded projects use criminals to undertake simple projects that do not require any special skills or a necessity for perfection.

Probation Community service work handed out

The type of work fits under a wide range using offenders to pay back the community for not only the time and resources taken to arrest, detain, complete paperwork and put offenders through a court system, but a little extra to give society back for the lawless attitude they followed. A list of work that can be expected is below:


  • Painting projects – park benches, government buildings, graphite cover ups.
  • Litter collection – Cleaning public areas
  • Landscaping projects – Digging man made ponds or spots for trees
  • Sports activities and supervision
  • Supervisory rules assisting in government schemes to improve society

An offender will be expected to complete a number of hours before they can stop the community service project and go back to their normal lives.

Hours of community service given to offenders

Work is assigned to offenders to complete over a set amount of hours that is decided by a judge. Most commonly between 40-400 hours are assigned and this is down to the severity of the crime that was committed. On top of this there is a time limit placed on the amount of time the offender has to complete the required probation community service.

Working hours are given for each day and this can anything up to 10 hours a day and usually doesn’t exceed a 40 hours week. These hours can be arranged any offenders daily job as not affect their income, so weekend work is usually the way around this. Most of the time offenders sentenced to community have been done so because they are unable to pay a hefty fine and the crime is not deemed punishable by incarceration.

The work is assigned after sentencing by visiting a probation office

After sentencing, offenders are given a date to report to the probation office to decide where best to fit them into a program.

The work is either under the supervision of a probation community service supervisor or the offender is assigned to an agency. In the case of agency work the community probation service officer’s responsibility is to contact the agency to ensure the offender completed work for that day in a satisfactory manner. If the work is under the supervision of the probation community service supervisor the hours deducted are under his or her discretion.

Punishments are worse if the probation community service is not completed

The law is the law and if offenders do not fulfill the set community service hours they are arrested and taken back to court. The punishment could result in 3 months imprisonment or up to a £1000 fine.

All sentences are determined in a court of law under government acts. The sentence and the judge’s discretion, usually a Magistrates judge, are all based on the seriousness of the crime and previous offences.