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Community service

Community service is a non-paying job performed by someone or a group of people for the benefit of the public or its institutions. Performing community service is not the same as volunteering, since it is not always performed on a voluntary basis. It may be performed for a variety of reasons:

  • It may be required by a government as a part of citizenship requirements, generally in lieu of military service.
  • It may be required as a substitution of, or in addition to, other criminal justice sanctions – when performed for this reason it may also be referred to as community payback.
  • It may be mandated by schools to meet the requirements of a class, such as in the case of service-learning or to meet the requirements of graduating as class valedictorian.
  • In the UK, it has been made a condition of the receipt of certain benefits, including disability-related ones. (see Workfare in the United Kingdom)
  • In Sweden it's a suspended sentence called "samhällstjänst" ("society service").

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