Community Service LA has as its mission to benefit society and improve the life of the offender at the same time. They do this by changing the nature of community service from a punitive system to a system that benefits the offender. It has been proven that educating offenders leads to a lower rate of recidivism. It has also been proven that adding stress to an offenders life can oftentimes cause a repeat offense. Los Angeles Community service educates the offenders and reduces the stress on their lives.
The goal of the entire program is to benefit all individuals, particularly those that are at risk, have a low income, and as a result less opportunity. These individuals at times need a second chance and a hand up, even if in their past they have run afoul of the law. This courts recognize this by sentencing these individuals with community service over incarceration. Community Service Los Angles takes it a step further by ensuring that the community service is completed with as little extraneous impact on the offenders life as possible. They also ad the benefit of allowing the offender to take educational courses that have been proven to be of interest to and of benefit to offenders.
It has been understood for a long time that education reduces crime. Allowing community service to be performed through successfully completed courses in education, that will benefit the offender and society alike, is a major step toward the goal of minimal recidivism.
Under normal circumstances, volunteering with a qualified 501(c)3 non profit organization in order to
complete your community service hours can cost you a lot of money and time away from work. As
difficult as it is to understand as to why community service would intentionally be designed to take a
person away from their ability to be a productive member of society, that is exactly what it does.
Consider the average person that has to perform community service. First they have to locate a non
profit that is willing to sign off on their service. Then they need to schedule enough hours to work
at that non profit in order to meet their sentence. After that they need to schedule all of these hours
around their time at a paying job. So now they have to spend unpaid hours at a non profit organization
location, leave an hour early and get home an hour after completion, to account for LA traffic, pay
for the gas to and from, and pay for child care. All of this adds up to a lot of money that most people
cannot afford. Not to mention the possibility that an employer is not willing to cooperate with the
schedule and instead chooses to fire that person.
With Community Service LA all of these problems are handled. The work is done online, at your own
time, and without you having to miss work, pay for transportation, or pay for child care.