Editorial: More community service projects needed in county

People sentenced for crimes in Johnson County performed about 3,700 hours of community service at the county animal shelter over the past two years as part of a county program.

In 2012, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office started a program in which all community service ordered in cases in the county magistrate court would be served at the animal shelter. Offenders ordered to complete community service cleaned animal cages or did clerical work while being monitored by a former community corrections officer, according to a news release.

In 2012, offenders worked 1,443 hours at the shelter, and that number increased to 2,246 hours in 2013. The county also collected more than $5,500 from those offenders, who pay $1.50 for each hour they work, the release said.

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