Trivia

Hard

The First Community Service Probation Program In The U.S. Was Focused On?

Gamblers
High School Students
Gang Members
Female Traffic Offenders

Answer: Female Traffic Offenders

Community service as a legal sanction in lieu of jail time or fines has been used for so long in the United States that most people don’t even recall a time before community service was a viable punitive measure for minor offenses.

In fact, the first community service program didn’t appear on the U.S. judicial map until 1966 when the courts in Alameda County, California instituted a formal program to assist low-income female traffic offenders. Rather than slap the traffic offenders with large fines that disproportionately affected them compared to wealthier offenders, they were offered the opportunity to do community service instead.

The program proved so successful that other communities quickly copied it and by the 1970s there were hundreds of community service programs deployed across the United States as an alternative to fines, probation, or jail time for juvenile delinquents and non-violent adult offenders.

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Aquatic Animals Doesn’t Actually Swim?

Trivia

Hard

The Precursor To The Bright Yellow On-Screen “First Down” Line In Football Was A Tracker Used In?

Trivia

Easy

The Most Popular Laserdisc-Based Video Game Was?

Trivia

Hard

Who Created The Ubiquitous :-) Emoticon?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Common Vegetables Is A Prolific Perennial?

Trivia

Hard

What Gemstone Was Originally, But No Longer, Considered Precious?

Trivia

Hard

What Star Trek Continuity Error Was Left Unexplained For 26 Years?

Trivia

Hard

If You Want To Survive An Unprotected Spacewalk You’d Better Not?

Trivia

Hard

Which Nintendo Game’s Easter Egg Pays Homage To Its Host Device?

Trivia

Hard

Pandora’s Box Wasn’t A Box At All But A?