Community Service is uncompensated (free) labor ordered by the Courts to be performed by an individual who has committed an offense. In our case the individuals performing community service are juveniles or youthful offenders. This labor is provided to non-profit organizations, charitable associations, federal, state or county institutions that request this service. A referral to Durham County Restitution Program, allows the offender to (1) provide reparative service to the community and ensures some type of “payback” for the harm or damage they have done, (2) improves self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and work ethics, (3) assists non-profit organizations by providing workers at no cost and (4) assist taxpayers by providing manpower to public organizations to complete labor intensive projects with no cost. The benefits listed above are all apart of Restorative Justice; in which offenders learn new skills while repaying the harm or damage they have done to the community while working along side members of the same community.