I say just leave the community service to those that are inclined to voluntarily do it and keep fining the code violators. If they don't show up to court, issue a warrant. If they don't pay their fine, put interest on it and when it adds up to enough put a lien against the property. If there is a hardship like old age, infirmity, leave it up to the judge to grant a mulligan and connect the homeowner with one of the volunteer groups.<quoted text>
As I stated, I understand that there are challenges. I don’t believe at this time the courts are willing to put people in lock up (at additional cost to taxpayers) when they are currently over filled and releasing more severe violators back to the general public. I know a plan can be put in place. We did it at the Hazelwood school district. The first public school district in the state mandating community service hours in order to graduate, regardless. The first step, is to assemble a committee (team) with well rounded expertise, knowledge and experience. Present this team with one singular charge. It seems to me,“getting the grass cut”, or “property exterior maintenance items corrected”, or “charging certain types of offenders a payment reimbursement option of community service” is a whole lot easier to plan for then how to put a man on the Moon. I realize these are two extremely different goals, but the fact still remains, everything needs to be considered, and an enforceable plan be put in place. A plan would require an assessment, accountability, management and a full review. This is achievable.
Focus on the suspected drug houses and apartments and get a "tank" or two and park them around and take some video of the comings and goings. Pharma sales folks and their customers don't like having their pictures taken.