Community service is a key component of the AIC model. It provides a sanction that holds offenders accountable for their actions through a visible means of restitution for crimes. Community service provides free, highly supervised and /or non AIC staff supervised services to government and nonprofit agencies. It is an additional sanction in sentencing enforceable and appropriate to the level of the offense committed.

Community service assists with the establishment of the AIC as a viable alternative to incarceration, freeing prison and jail beds to be used for violent and persistent offenders. Equally important, AIC clients working side by side with community groups, gain work skills self-esteem and positive community exposure; they learn that responsible behavior has its own rewards.