City of Henderson Improves Community and Saves Money through Alternative Sentencing Work Program
April 24, 2014
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Henderson, Nev. – Henderson Municipal Court defendants who can’t afford their fines or who qualify for community service in lieu of jail time are being put to work through an innovative city of Henderson Alternative Sentencing program.
Alternative Sentencing’s Work Program was launched in November 2009, with participants providing labor to augment services performed by city staff, such as trail and park cleanup, elimination of graffiti, removal of debris from flood channels and trash cleanup after events.
The Work Program was expanded in late 2011 to provide labor for Code Enforcement’s vacant home abatement program. Defendants clean up trash and tear out dead landscaping at abandoned and foreclosed homes that have become eyesores to their neighborhoods. The program has improved 105 vacant Henderson homes since it was launched.
“Defendants sentenced to the Work Program are giving back to the community in ways that have a more positive impact than simply paying a fine,” said Acting Chief Ian Massy. “All of the labor provided through the program directly benefits Henderson residents.”
Labor provided by Alternative Sentencing Work Program defendants saved the city $249,590 in 2013 and approximately $50,000 so far this year.
The partnership between Alternative Sentencing and Code Enforcement will continue with the debut this summer of a block wall painting program. Deteriorating common walls in older subdivisions not governed by homeowner associations will receive a fresh coat of paint from work program participants.
Participants in the Work Program must work at least one 4-hour session each week, with eight work sessions to choose from during the week. Defendants receive a $10 credit towards their fine balance for each hour worked. During a typical week, defendants provide more than 400 hours of labor to projects that improve city and community facilities.
For more information about Alternative Sentencing programs visit cityofhenderson.com.
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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006 and Liveability.com: 2013), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and being a safe community (Forbes: 2nd safest in 2011, InsuranceProviders.com: 6th in 2012, Law Street Media: 6th in 2013) Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.
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