COMMUNITY SERVICE LITTER ABATEMENT PROGRAM
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY SERVICE LITTER ABATEMENT PROGRAM?
The Community Service Litter Abatement Program is administered through a partnership between St. John the Baptist Parish Government, St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, the 40th Judicial District Court of Louisiana, and the St. John Parish District Attorney’s Office. The program allows adults sentenced in the Judicial District Court to perform community service as a part of probation or court ordered community service involving a specific number of unpaid hours of work to be performed within a designated period.
WHY COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK?
Community service work is assigned in lieu of or in addition to fines, jail sentences and monetary restitution and as a sole sanction (commonly a post-conviction sanction). Community service may also be a condition of pretrial diversion.
WHO ORDERS COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK?
The 40th Judicial District Court has the authority to order community service work.
WHO PERFORMS COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK?
All first and second offenders who are arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) must perform community service work. The judge may also order community service work hours as a sanction for an offense committed by any other criminal or traffic offender. Community service workers are 17 years of age and older and come from various backgrounds.
WHO BENEFITS FROM COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK?
Community service is performed at public and non-profit agencies such as libraries, Sheriff’s offices, fire stations, community centers, senior centers, court buildings, food banks, blood banks, Council on Aging, Parish Health Units and municipalities.
WORK DETAIL/REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Participants must contact the Community Service Coordinator to PRE-REGISTER for community service litter abatement work within five (5) days of sentencing. Participants may meet with the Community Service Coordinator or designee in the Public Works Office at 1805 West Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA on Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and on Fridays between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.
Work details are scheduled on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month with the possibility of other community service opportunities throughout the year. Participants must report to the Percy Hebert Building at 1801 W. Airline Highway where the Community Service Coordinator and a Sheriff’s deputy will assist with registration and provide guidance and direction. A driver’s license or state issued ID must be presented to the Community Service Coordinator.
Work details begin at 7:30 a.m., are assigned rain or shine, and consist of an eight (8) hour shift. In cases of inclement weather, participants are expected to report and sign in as scheduled and will receive one (1) credit hour. Participants are to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a timely start. If required to perform less than eight (8) total hours of litter abatement, the Community Service Coordinator must be informed immediately upon arrival and provide appropriate documentation.
If a participant registers for work detail and fails to appear or cancels within 24 hours of the scheduled work date, the participant will be reported to the sentencing judge(s). Voicemail is not an acceptable form of cancellation or registration. Participants are required to sign a General Release.
Participants will be working outdoors and should wear appropriate and comfortable clothing, including work shoes (no tennis shoes allowed). Participants are also required to bring their own work gloves, lunch, and provide their own transportation to and from the work sites.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding the Community Service Litter Abatement Program, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Service Coordinator at (985) 652-4815.
St. John the Baptist Parish - Ordinance 17-54 - Court-Approved Community Service Program
Louisiana RS 30:2531.4 §2531.4 - Community service litter abatement work program; establishment; limited liability