The primary job of the Benton County Work Program is to oversee individuals that have been court ordered to perform hours through this
office in lieu of jail time or as part of probation requirements. However depending on the individual courts needs this office can also supervise public
service work for fines assessed or court ordered community service.
This office does not offer job placement services for the county, ( contact the Benton County Human Resources office 271-1090 ) the ability to file for unemployment
benefits ( contact Ark. Dept. of Workforce Services 636-4755 ) or work release through the Benton County jail (the individual court where the sentence was imposed
would need to be contacted for information regarding work release or any changes).
This program only deals with nonviolent offenders with offenses such as:
- Shoplifting Bad Check Charges (both felony & misdemeanor)
- Traffic Violations
- Possession Charges
The Benton County Work Program allows participants the ability to work off their court ordered requirements, provide valuable labor hours to community service organizations
while maintaining their employment. It also affords the individual an opportunity to maintain their home life & continue to take care of their families in lieu of spending
that time in the county jail which ultimately cost the tax payers of Benton County $55.00 a day therefore alleviating jail overcrowding.
The Benton County Work Program is a service utilized by Circuit, District and City courts in Benton County.
Any individual that has been seen by a Judge from any of the above courts and ordered to do the work program are required to contact this
office and set up an appointment to schedule these requirements. At the initial appointment provide your documentation from the court that
reflects what has been required of you and also picture identification if you have one.
On the appointment date an information sheet is completed that will detail your current status with regards to your work/school/etc. schedule.
This information is taken into consideration when making the decision regarding worksite placement.
Individuals coming from the Circuit court should do an intake with the Department of Community Corrections probation office before setting up an
appointment with this office.