The purpose of Community Restitution Service (CRS) is to hold probation clients accountable for their actions by performing community service at designated sites in Mohave County. Through CRS a probationer gives back and restores the harm done to the community by working individually or as a part of a work crew at an approved nonprofit or government agency until the ordered hours are completed. CRS work sites are meaningful, non-profit, [designated as 501(c)(3)] sites, such as city parks, hospitals, schools and senior centers. CRS sites can also be community events, county projects and projects of agencies such as National Wildlife Services, Bureau of Land Management and State and National Parks.
Community restitution may be ordered by the court as a part of a probationer’s conditions of probation. Each probationer is interviewed by the Community Restitution Coordinator to best match the probationer’s skills and abilities to the needs of the agency. The Coordinator works with community agencies to serve their needs at no cost to the agency.
Performance of community service is a rewarding experience, and one that is a tremendous benefit to the community. Offenders have provided numerous hours of work for non-profit and tax-supported agencies through their community service requirements. Houses have been repaired for the elderly and disabled, food has been distributed through the food bank, animals cared for at local shelters, and graffiti and trash cleaned up in our neighborhoods through the efforts of our community service workers.
The community is the second victim in every crime and that’s why CRS is such a valuable and meaningful service to Mohave County. CRS is more than just putting in hours; it’s a service to the community and educational for the offender.
If you think you may qualify for our services, you can contact your local Probation Office and ask to speak to a Community Restitution Coordinator. They will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.