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Community Service

The Community Service Program provide services to the citizens of Clackamas County by placing clients with court-ordered community service on work crew projects or non-profit agencies to fulfill their obligation to the court. This program is an alternative sentence that reduces jail overcrowding and provides an opportunity for low risk offenders to contribute to the community.

The Community Service Program receives referrals from the Circuit and Municipal Courts throughout Clackamas County. We also provide supervised work sites for treatment-based courts such as Drug Court and Mental Health Court, as well as for Overland Park Community Court.

This program offers a service to the courts, probation and parole staff, and the community that is in keeping with the public expectations that offenders work and give back to the community.

Community Service Program clients participate in restorative justice projects including graffiti removal, cleanup of illegal dump sites, and restoration of natural spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
When do the work crews operate?
Where is the pick-up site?
How often can I complete hours on the work crew?
What will I be doing on the work crew?
What do I wear?
What do I bring to work crew?
How will I get credit for days that I work?
What happens if I need accommodations to complete my community service hours?
How will I know if work crews are operating due to weather or holidays?
Are there conduct standards while on the crew?

How do I get started?
Report to the Community Service Office at the Community Corrections building: 1024 Main St., Oregon City, Oregon, 503-655-8727, to sign up for community service. You must attend an orientation. Orientations are held every Wednesday. Please allow one hour. A fee of $40 is charged and is due at the time of the orientation. top

When do the work crews operate?
Our work crews operate seven (7) days a week beginning at 7:50 a.m. and return to the pick up site no later than 3:45 p.m. You must be at the pick-up site by 7:50 a.m. If you are late to the site, you will not be allowed on the crew. top

Where is the pick-up site?
All work crews meet at the Community Service Equipment building near the jail. You will receive a map of the pick-up site during orientation. top

How often can I complete hours on the work crew?
You will be required to work a minimum of one (1) day per week in order to be in compliance with program expectations. You can work more than one (1) day a week. top

What will I be doing on the work crew?
While on the crew, you will be participating in general landscaping and beautification projects. You will be instructed on the safe use of all equipment and be assisted at all times throughout the project. All projects are outside and typically entail: mowing, raking, weed eating, weeding landscaping beds, planting trees, trimming shrubs, trail maintenance, and other tasks as needed. top

What should I wear?
It is your responsibility to wear appropriate clothing and plan for all types of weather, i.e., rain gear, hat, sunscreen.

You must wear: pants, close-toed shoes, shirts with sleeves. You must bring your own leather gloves. No shorts. No sandals. No tank tops. top

What should I bring to work crew?
You must bring photo identification. You are responsible for your own lunch and water. No cell phones. No walkman, MP3 players, IPOD’s or any video / audio device. top

How will I get credit for days that I work?
For each day that is completed you will received eight (8) hours credit towards your community service balance. There is no conversion of community service hours for jail or fines without a court order. top

What happens if I need accommodations to complete my community service hours?
Please bring your concerns to the attention of the staff. We will determine placement on an individual basis and will discuss all available options during your orientation. top

How will I know if work crews are operating due to weather or holidays?

  • The work crew will not operate on all federal holidays or in severe weather conditions such as snow and ice.
  • If you question whether work crew will be canceled, call the Community Service Program at 503-655-8727. The message will reflect closures by 6:30 a.m. if work crews are cancelled due to unexpected conditions.
  • Cancellations will be posted on the Clackamas County’s website, http://www.clackamas.us/.
  • Local television stations will also have closure information the morning of the cancellation. top

Are there conduct standards while on the crew?
Yes. Crews work the best when everyone:

  • Has a good attitude.
  • Is respectful.
  • Expects to be respected.
  • Does not tell inappropriate jokes or comments.
  • Keeps their hands to themselves.
  • Remembers that sexual harassment is a crime.
  • Does not come under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even prescription drugs that might impair you.
  • Does not talk about drug or alcohol use.
  • Does not say racial or sexual remarks.
  • Does not talk about sexual gender orientation.
  • Does not curse or use bad language.

If anyone on a work crew acts inappropriately or unsafely, expect to be sent home from the crew. That may mean walking home from wherever the crew might be that day and receive no credit for the day. . top

For any other questions, please contact: