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November 17, 2010

"Nevada judge sentencing some to service, not jail"

The title of this post is the headline of this encouraging local article, and here are excerpts:

In the first days of his three-month stint as interim East Fork justice of the peace, Senior Judge Steven R. McMorris began the process of introducing community service in sentencing minor offenders.

As a result, the population of the Douglas County Jail has been reduced, and county and nonprofit organizations have realized thousands of dollars in savings by employing offenders whose unpaid labor is valued at $20 an hour.

McMorris enlisted the help of Chief Alternative Sentencing Officer Michael Beam and Tahoe Township Judge Richard Glasson in setting up community service. Glasson has had the alternative in place in his court for eight years.

So far, the program has placed workers in the Douglas County libraries, senior center, animal shelter, Indian Hills General Improvement District, area thrift shops, parks, the town of Genoa and the Carson Valley Arts Council....

David Dubra of Gardnerville elected community service in lieu of 48 hours jail time for a first offense of driving under the influence. The 61-year-old was placed at Douglas County Senior Center in Gardnerville and was grateful for the opportunity to remain out of jail.

Dubra said he would work at the senior center with pride. “I’m not crying about it,” he said. “I am quite willing to do it. I’ll bust my butt for them.” Dubra said because of his wife’s health, he was unable to leave her alone for 48 hours had he gone to jail....

Glasson estimated that his court is responsible for generating about 8,000 hours of community service a year. He said offenders sentenced to community service can be placed in any Nevada government agency or charitable or nonprofit organizations.

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