The Work Projects program is an alternative sentencing option for adults. Defendants are referred to this program by the court to complete public service work, often instead of paying fines or serving time in custody. The Probation Department contracts with local, state and federal non-profit agencies to provide 8-12 person crews to assist with litter and weed abatement, fire-breaks, culvert cleanout, and numerous other tasks to preserve and enhance the environment. The enrollment fees paid by program participants and the revenue received for the use of the crews are designed to recover the cost of maintaining the program.
What is Work Projects?
The Work Projects program is an alternative sentencing option for adults. Defendants are referred to this program by the court to complete manual labor as a sanction for an offense, in lieu of paying fines, serving time in custody or as a condition of Probation. The Probation Department contracts with over 30 public agencies and supplies 8-12 person crews to assist with litter cleanup, weed abatement, firebreaks, maintaining and improving landscapes, digging and clearing flood control trenches/ditches and erosion control; in addition to numerous other tasks to preserve and enhance San Diego County. The enrollment fees paid by program participants and the revenue received for the use of the crews are designed to recover the cost of maintaining the program.
How do I enroll in Work Projects?
You will need to enroll within 60 days from court date (unless otherwise stated on the court order). Bring your current court order, a valid picture ID and $59.00 fee (exact amount) to any of the fpllowing Probation locations:
MAIN OFFICE Hours: 8:30-4:30
5600 Overland Avenue, Suite 190
San Diego, CA 92123
PH# (858) 560-3258
EAST COUNTY OFFICE Hours: 7:30-4:00
250 East Main Street (8TH FL)
El Cajon, CA 92020
PH# (619) 441-3441
HALL OF JUSTICE Hours: 7:30-4:00
330 West Broadway, Room 483 (4TH FL, Room 483)
San Diego, CA 92101
PH# (619) 515-8212
JUVENILE PROBATION CENTER Hours: 7:30-4:30
2901 Meadowlark Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
PH# (858) 694-4600, EXT 00
SOUTH BAY OFFICE Hours: 7:30-4:00
1095 Bay Blvd.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
PH# (619) 498-2111
NORTH COUNTY OFFICE Hours: 7:30-4:00
325 South Melrose Drive, Suite 2600
Vista, CA 92083
PH# (760) 806-2333
How much does it cost?
$59.00 (exact amount) Cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Money Order (payable to: San Diego County Probation Department). Consecutive Adult cases are $59.00 each and Concurrent Adult cases are charged one fee of $59.00 for 2 or more cases. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
Juvenile cases are fee exempt.
What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from doing the work?
All Public Service Workers (PSW) are required to perform 8 hours of manual labor. If you have a temporary or permanent medical condition that prevents you from doing the work, you will need to go to the Main Office to obtain a medical evaluation letter. This form will need to be filled out and signed by a U.S. doctor and returned to our office. If we cannot work with the medical restrictions and/or the condition is permanent, we will then refer you back to court.
What if I want to do the work in another county?
This type of enrollment is only processed at the Main Office. If your court order assigning Public Service Program (PSP) states that Out of County work is authorized, you can come in to the Main Office with the $59.00 fee or you can mail us the court order and $59.00 money order (this is the only type of enrollment that we accept through the mail). We will then create a CLASP (California League of Alternative Sentencing Program) form and fax a copy to the receiving county and give/send you a copy as well. If you have further questions regarding this type of enrollment, you can call the Main Office at (858) 560-3258.
What if I do not complete all my assigned days?
If you do not complete your assigned number of days, a termination letter will be sent (3 weeks from end date) to the court, which could result in a warrant being issued. If you are within 3 weeks from the end date, you may be able to get an extension.
How do I get an extension?
Extensions are only processed at the Main Office and granted under the following conditions:
- Within 3 weeks from the termination date
- Pay $59.00 enrollment fee
- Not a Mandated end date
Saturday work is not authorized for extensions. If you need Saturdays, you will need to go back to court.
Extensions are NOT granted for the following reasons:
- Past the 3 week period
- Mandated end date
- Termination letter has already been sent to court
If an extension is not granted, you will be referred back to court for re-assignment. We can provide you with a Progress Report to take to court.
Does the Work Project office send proof of completion to court?
No. We operate on a negative reporting system and only contact the court if you fail to complete the program. It is the responsibility of the PSW to provide the court with proof of completion.
How do I get a completion certificate?
You can go to any Probation Office to request 2 copies (one for the court and one for your records).