The Arlington Bar Foundation has presented Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) with a grant to support work in the community.

During the fiscal year that ends June 30, OAR will have served more than 2,500 clients, including 1,600 who have been mandated by the courts to serve from 20 to 200hours of community service.

OAR executive director Gail Arnall noted that the number of community-service clients has grown from about 750 when she first came to the organization eight years ago.

“We love the fact that our community-service numbers have doubled,” Arnall said. “That means that judges are giving defendants a chance to give back to the community, rather than locking them up in jail. That is a ‘restorative-justice model’ that benefits both the clients and the community.”

The Arlington Bar Foundation has made an annual contribution to OAR for several years.
Originally published in the Sun Gazette on June 26, 2013. Original article can be found at