community service

noun Law.
a punitive sentence that requires a convicted person to perform unpaid work for the community in lieu of imprisonment. Unabridged
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community service
1.  voluntary work, intended to be for the common good, usually done as part of an organized scheme
2.  See community-service order

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Example sentences
Community service is work performed by an offender for the benefit of the
  community as a formal or informal sanction.
The team usually works with other local service groups or high school students
  looking to fulfill community service hours.
Tells about his community service work, which was extensive.
Typically, buyers spend a night in jail and are sentenced to a few days of
  community service.
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