Community Services

The Community Services (CS) Program is a part of the Probation Services Department of the Washington County Court System. The Community Services Program permits adults to work off fines, court costs and court ordered hours.

Working Off Fines

Fines and costs are paid off at prevailing Commonwealth minimum wage rate, currently $7.25 per hour. Community Service cannot be used for restitution

View the two options for working off your fines:

  • Work at any non-profit agency (Churches, Municipalities, Senior Center...)
  • Work with our Community Service Work Crew

Furlough Into Service (FITS) Program

The FITS Program allows Participants incarcerated at the W.C.C.F the opportunity to reduce their obligation to The Washington County Court System at the prevailing Commonwealth minimum wage rate for all fines, fees, and costs associated with their respective cases except court ordered restitution. 

The CS/FITS Program takes out Participants to perform large-scale projects on weekends and smaller projects on weekdays.

Governor's Award

This CS/FITS Program won the Governor’s Award for Innovative Community/Governmental Initiatives in 1999.


Some of the project areas of our work include:

  • Brush cutting
  • Grass cutting
  • Landscaping
  • Litter control
  • Mulch spreading
  • Painting (indoor/outdoor)
  • Small construction projects
  • Tree felling and bucking

Remodel Project

View before and after pictures from the remodel projects at Slovan VFD.

Business Participation

Municipalities, boroughs, cities, and non-profit agencies in Washington County interested in project assistance from either the Community Services Program or the FITS Program should contact the Community Services Office. All major projects are generally scheduled six months in advance.