Community service hours ordered by the court are fulfilled by volunteering time with an approved organization or government entity as stipulated by the courts, according to the State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County. Community service hours can be completed at local charities, shelters, pantries and schools.
In many cases, court officials perform an assessment of the offenders' skills to match them with appropriate organizations and charities to complete community service hours, according to the State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County. Factors such as criminal history, health, employment schedule, residence and the type of offense committed are evaluated to determine an appropriate match.
The court's department of community service coordinates with the work sites to monitor the progress and hours completed by an offender, according to the State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County. The information may be stored in an electronic database to ensure the offender is fulfilling the court-ordered obligations. In the event that an offender is tardy, absent, exhibits inappropriate behavior or fails to complete tasks as assigned, the department of community service can terminate the offender from a particular job site and reassign a location for community service hours.
Community service hours are often assigned by the court to offer offenders an alternative to jail time or fines, explains the State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County.