Community service orders are sanctions that typically require youth or adult offenders to work for governmental or nonprofit agencies for a specified number of hours. Such orders are used frequently in both adult and juvenile justice systems in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Community service programs may vary in the types of work required from offenders, as well as in the degree of service obligations, usually measured in hours or less frequently in remuneration. Common forms of community service work include physical labor as well as ...

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