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Yokosuka toughens community service policy
Yokosuka toughens community service policy
By Allison Batdorff, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Sunday, November 18, 2007

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan Not completing community-service hours could result in a loss of access to military bases under a new policy at Yokosuka.

Too many people were neglecting community service imposed as punishment, so Yokosuka added a suspended debarment to such assigned penalties, said the bases staff judge advocate, Lt. Alison Shuler.

This means civilians and dependents who miss their scheduled community service on more than two occasions will be barred from all military installations in Japan. The new policy has been in place for just three months and already is making a difference, Shuler said.

Were seeing a lot more compliance, she said Thursday.

The Civilian Administrative Forum, or CAF, created the suspended-debarment policy. The CAF hears cases of base civilians facing disciplinary measures for such offenses as shoplifting, assault, destruction of property and disrespecting security officers, said Arnold Webre Jr., who heads the program. Many of the offenders are minors, he said.

After the offender, a sponsor and an administrative hearing officer discuss an incident, the hearing officer restates the facts and makes a recommendation for community service. Adults usually work off their hours in the library or chapel, while minors normally pick up trash. Webre described the process as pretty non-adversarial.

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