Inclusion and rehabilitation through Community Based Community Service
The main purpose of the State Probation Service of Armenia is to reconcile the needs for community safety and rehabilitation of people in conflict with law. In other words probation combines punitive and restorative function in the criminal justice field. Due to severe lack of state resources the function of rehabilitation and support is seriously compromised and where possible is taken up by non-governmental sector. In particular, a considerable number of people under probation are sentenced to community service . Through community service [ordered by court non-paying job performed by convicts for the benefit of the community] offenders are invited to take responsibility for past actions and repair the damage done by giving back to the community. Until recently community service as a criminal sanction was a monopoly of municipal and governmental agencies.