Probationers in the LaGrange County Superior Court complete 2,800 hours of community service work during the first quarter of 2014, according to statistics released by Judge George E. Brown. That work had a value of $20,300 when computed at the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Local agencies for which community service work was performed included Ark Animal Sanctuary, St. Joseph Church, Country View Amish Church, Church of Christ, LaGrange County American Red Cross, Shipshewana Fire Department, Christian Aid Ministries, Mongo Cemetery, South Milford Cemetery, Brushy Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Shipshewana Branch Library, LaGrange Library and Shiloh House of Prayer.
Community service workers also spent 544 hours cleaning county roadsides. It is the intention of the program to clean most county roadsides twice per year, weather permitting.
The Community Service Program allows non-violent offenders serving terms of probation to make restitution to the community by giving something back in the form of work for public and charitable agencies. In addition to providing service to these agencies, the program saves the county the cost of housing these offenders in jail and allows the offenders to remain employed and to continue to support themselves and their families.
Agencies desiring community service workers should contact the LaGrange County Superior Court Probation Department.