Benton County Work Program
A program by the District & Circuit Court to provide work opportunities in lieu of jail time.

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. Depending on the individual courts needs this office can also supervise public service work for fines assessed or court ordered community service. 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 only deals with nonviolent offenders such as; DWI, theft, shoplifting, bad checks, traffic violations, and possession charges.
Individuals are required to be physically able to stand for eight hours daily, bend, stoop, lift, walk and reach. There is a possibility of being exposed to heat, cold, dust, paint, cleaning agents, gas, oil, weed killers and other chemicals. Anyone being considered for this program must have reliable transportation, be capable of following instructions, not on certain medications and live in NWA or surrounding states of MO or OK.

Approved worksites must either be a city, county, state government entity or nonprofit organization.

Any individual that has been seen by a Judge from any of the listed 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.