A Positive Approach
Working for Justice
COSP is intended to be financed by the fees collected from offenders
assigned to the program. Most offenders have been referred
to COSP for traffic, alcohol related offenses and other non-violent
Community Service is a productive and cost effective alternative to
incarceration. According to the Advisory Commission on
Intergovernmental Relations, construction of new facilities costs as
much as $41,000 per bed, and a minimum of $40 per day will be spent to
house one inmate for one day. In contrast, an entire community
service sentence may be administered for a fee paid for by the
The Community Service Program will:
through careful screening and placement interview,
match the time and talent of its participants with the needs in a
particular private, public, non-profit, or community-based
monitor progress of court placed COSP worker,
providing support services when appropriate.
work in cooperation with the probation department
and the courts, verifying and reporting on the final outcome of
Community alternative service benefits the justice
providing an equitable, cost-effective sanction.
punishing offenders through measures that benefit
the community in which the offense occurred.
giving judges and additional sentencing tool to
impose what they believe to be a fair sentence.
providing Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys a
reasonable alternative to traditional punishment to recommend to the
Community Service benefits the offender by:
making non-monetary restitution to the community
where the offense occurred.
enabling the offender to maintain family ties and
providing the offender the opportunity to gain work
experience, occupational skills, and training.
invaluable services are afforded to communities and
citizens in non-profit agencies such as parks, schools, nursing
homes, and animal shelters. The work performed is mostly
manual labor, but may include clerical assistance, painting,
carpentry, or other more skilled services.
Community Service benefits the public by:
About our referrals......
COSP implements the court sentence. A court
assignment of community service involves a specific number of unpaid
hours of work for the community, to be performed within a designated
A COSP staff member conducts a personal interview
with each offender. Those with dangerous criminal backgrounds
The staff of COSP will monitor each COSP worker's
work dependability, quality, and attitude.
Those participants who satisfactorily complete their
community service will be successfully released from the program.
Failure to complete the service obligation will result in the case
being returned to the court for appropriate action, including
possible sentence to time in jail.
The Bottom Line: People Who Need Help Get It.
COSP is a non-profit agency dedicated to making the
court referral program a more effective force in the community.
City and County government and Not-For-Profit
agencies work with us. Our COSP workers helps these agencies
provide better service for each and every one of us.