Community Labor Force
The Sheriff’s Office Community Labor Force (CLF) programs provide an innovative approach to incarceration and work release. Labor crews, consisting of well-screened offenders, provide necessary services to the county that otherwise would have been done by county staff or contractors. In a year's time, the CLF provides more than 57,000 hours of labor and saves county taxpayers about $1.44 million.
Offender participants have the opportunity to engage in meaningful work and develop employable skills. Program participants may earn Exemplary Good Time for their efforts, thereby reducing the incarceration period and the county’s cost for incarceration.
The CLF services over 300 bus stops, shelters and park-and-rides by removing about 680 pounds of trash per day and conducting light landscaping. The crews also remove graffiti from the shelters and perform general maintenance when needed.
Since July 1, 2013, the Sheriff's Office has partnered with VDOT, the Board of Supervisors and the Department of Code Compliance to remove illegal signs from county roadways. In the first year, CLF crews traveled about 7,800 miles and removed more than 14,500 political and advertising signs.
On behalf of the county’s Stormwater Management Division, the CLF maintains many of Fairfax County’s stormwater management facilities, including 29 rain gardens, 16 tree filters and one vegetative swale. Each gets serviced about once per month. The CLF also services 1,303 dry ponds, which are basins or depressions that detain or slow the flow of water for short periods of time and are dry between rain storms. Each gets serviced twice per year.
Other CLF services include landscaping and snow removal on county property, blight abatement, countywide litter pickup and overall beautification.
In addition to its work with county agencies, the CLF partners with the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office.
For more information about the Sheriff's Office Community Labor Force, call 703-246-4509, TTY 711, or send an email.