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The Daily Advocate on 01/29/2018 by Carolyn Harmon

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Adult Probation Department’s Chief Probation Officer James D. Mollette said, it is important that people working community service have buy-in.

“We try to instill in them that they are paying it forward in a sense, and helping the community,” he said. “It doesn’t always work; but we try.”

According to the National Institute of Justice, Community Service is effectively used in all 50 states and at the federal level, as a component of criminal sentences and juvenile adjudications involving diversion, probation and parole. Some of the goals of community service are to: hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused to the community; provide communities with human resources that can improve public environments and help offenders develop new skills through supervised work activities.

Since at least 2000, Darke County Adult Probation has had a Community Service Program of some type, Mollette said.