Low-level offenders avoid jail by helping agencies

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Instead of spending time in jail, an Amity man cleaned up around a local thrift shop, straightened shelves and helped move the store to a new location during 40 hours of community service.

Derek Weisend spent about two weeks working at the Lord’s Cupboard in Franklin as part of his sentence after pleading guilty to charges of operating while intoxicated and battery. But he went into the community service job and worked hard, and after he finished his court-ordered time the director offered him a part-time job.

Now he’s earning a bit of money and wants to go back to school. He’s put the late-night party that got him in trouble behind him, he said.

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