Two social workers in Hartford are accused of taking bribes for allowing defendants to escape community service, says the Hartford Courant. In one case, a judge ordered a man to do Algarin to do 112 hours of community service. A worker at an agency called Community Partners in Action, allegedly said that for “a buck,” or $100, the defendant would never have to lift a finger, but the agency would provide a letter saying the community service had been served.
A state investigation began a year ago when an inspector was told that the social workers had let it be known that they could “take care” of community service requirements for a fee. The suspects worked in alternative incarceration programs run for the court system by Community Partners in Action, one of the city’s oldest and most influential nonprofit community outreach agencies.