CONEY ISLAND - A new community service program is helping keep petty criminals out of jail while helping to clean up the community.

The program, which has the support of Brooklyn's district attorney, was started by Rican Vargas, a self-described tough guy who says he did his share of community service.

The group has been working to clean up the Coney Island boardwalk by clearing the sand off of it.

"As an alternative to being incarcerated or anything like that, I think it's a wise choice," says Daniel Blake.