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Useful Public Service


Defendants are Court ordered to complete hours of Useful Public Service (Community Service) at the time of sentencing.  The purpose of Useful Public Service is to turn a conviction into a “donation” of time and energy and to provide a positive experience for both the client and the community they reside in.  Clients will have an extensive list of 501c3 non-profits to choose from in La Plata County to fulfill this requirement.  Useful Public Service clients are also able to complete their required hours at any 501c3 non-profit in their home county or state if they reside outside of La Plata County. The only pre-requisite for Useful Public Service is the client contacts this office and registers prior to beginning any of their Useful Public Service hours. 

Important information when signing up for Useful Public Service

Useful Public Service application

If you have been assigned Useful Public Service by the court, please open the above link titled Important Information when signing up for Useful Public Service to find out what documents are needed, then fill out the application at the link above titled Useful Public Service application.

You can submit the completed application one of two ways:
1) email the application along with the original sentencing order from the courts and a clear, readable photo ID to : usefulpublicservice@co.laplata.co.us;  OR
2) bring all paperwork to the Useful Public Service office (Tuesday or Wednesday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am ONLY) to complete enrollment (bring $120 payment with you for an adult registration; $25 for a minor, 18 years and under, registration).

Once all the paperwork has been received and is correct, you will receive a payment link to make your payment, ($120 for adults or $25 for juveniles).  See payment instructions below.

On the payment screen please select Useful Public Service-Adult or Juvenile from the Select Item drop down list.  Fill in the amount as $120.00 (for adult) or $25 (for juveniles).  Click the Add Item button. Add the following number to the Reference Number field: 0101.4190.

Your payment screen should look like the picture below. Click the green Next button and follow the steps to enter your payment method.  Once the payment has processed, please e-mail the receipt to: usefulpublicservice@co.laplata.co.us

The Useful Public Service office is located at: 
742 Turner Drive  (MAP)
Durango, CO  81303