As prison populations rise, our society increasingly seeks sentencing alternatives both fair and practical. The Ohio Revised Code provides just such an option for offenders to perform community service. Prior to this statute’s enactment, judges could penalize offenders by incarceration, probation, fine, or some combination.
Now the offenders’ debts to society may be repaid in programs that assist many community agencies. With this option, the jail/prison system requires neither cell facilities nor staff to punish these offenders.
To implement this goal, Court Community Service (CCS) was created in 1985 with a grant from the Cleveland Foundation. It serves as an administrative arm of the courts within Cuyahoga County.