(Harrisburg) -- New data from the state's courts highlights the community service work of the commonwealth's juvenile offenders.
Berks County had the second-highest number of juvenile service assignments in the state last year, at 1,350.
Lancaster, Dauphin and York counties each had more than 600 participants in such programs.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille says community service work like community clean-ups, and environmental projects help build character.
"Not only do these youthful offenders develop these valuable skills, but they are held responsible and accountable by working to repay their debt to society by providing these services," Castille says. "Basically, they are learning to be responsible citizens."
Castille says 15,700 youth statewide performed court-ordered community service in 2012.
They served for a total of 536,808 hours, which represents about $3.9 million worth of work, if it were paid at the current minimum wage.
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