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DCYS Program: Community Service Work, Restitution and Services

Community Service Work (CSW)

Community Service Work gives you an opportunity to do something to help others in your community. You will be required to complete 30 hours of community service as a part of your probation. The court may also allow you to do CSW instead of paying cash for your court costs. If you do CSW to pay off court costs, you earn $7 credit for each hour you work. There are two ways to earn CSW hours:

  • Work for an agency in the community - You should treat this like a regular job; show up on time, work hard and do your best. You will have a time sheet to record your hours. Your supervisor will sign your time sheet. If you have not done a good job, you may not get credit for the time you spent there.
  • Credit for positive actions Another way to earn CSW credit is through your positive actions. Positive actions are things like good grades, participating in sports, or going to therapy.

Your JSO may also assign CSW hours as a consequence for your behavior. For example, if you are suspended from school, you would perform CSW for the days you are not in school.


If you are on probation, you may be required to pay court costs, supervision fees, Supreme Court surcharges and restitution to the court.

Restitution is money you have to pay back to the victim of your crime. For example, if you damaged someone else’s property, you could be ordered to pay what it cost to fix or replace it. Not every case involves restitution.

You are not allowed to perform CSW to pay for the Supreme Court surcharge or restitution you owe.


You may have issues that keep you from being as successful as possible. Those issues may also make it difficult for you to follow the court’s rules. The court may order you to participate in services such as therapy or drug and alcohol treatment. It’s very important that you complete any court ordered services successfully.

Learning Opportunities

DCYS offers several different classes to help you to be more prepared to make good choices and live on your own.

Motivation to Change is a series of brief lessons that focus on improving your motivation
to help you to make better life decisions.

Thinking for a Change is a problem solving program for offenders. Lesson topics include: active listening; asking a question; giving feedback; our thinking controls how we act; paying attention to our thinking; recognizing the thinking that leads to trouble; finding new thinking; using thinking check ins; knowing your feelings; understanding and responding to the feelings of others; preparing for a stressful conversation; responding to anger; dealing with an accusation; five steps of problem solving; and a self-evaluation of areas for further skill development. Copies of handouts and overheads are included.

Baby Think it Over is a teen pregnancy prevention and parenting program designed to provide hands-on life experiences using simulation technology. Lesson topics include: exploring the physical, emotional, social, and financial consequences of becoming pregnant and dealing with parenthood.