Denver Sheriff Department










Alternative Sentencing

The Alternative Sentencing Program allows offenders the opportunity to maintain their employment and / or education / treatment. These programs are carefully supervised and include monetary fees, which shall be determined by a case assessment. The Work Search Program provides the offender the opportunity to search for employment while serving a jail sentence and must be authorized by the court. The Work Search Program is an extension of the Work Release Program and is allowed only when bed space is available. Even though the courts may have issued written recommendation to participate in a program, the Denver Sheriff’s Department has final approval on all individual’s acceptance on a case by case basis.

Who can apply:

Only those individuals who have been referred by the court should fill out the Alternative Sentencing Program application. Applications cannot be completed more than one week prior to the defendant’s remand date.

  • Employment will be verified by Work Release staff and conditions of the program will be explained to the employer
  • Charges are public information and can / will be revealed upon request
  • Participants may be subject to electronic monitoring and the fees associated with such are the participant’s responsibility
  • Participants will be subject to alcohol and drug testing and participants are responsible for the cost of testing
  • Schedule changes will be limited and must be approved by Work Release staff
  • Individuals who have been accepted into the program, will be given a schedule that allows them to report to and from the designated location
  • Participants will earn good time while on an Alternative Sentencing Program
  • A uniformed deputy will make random, unannounced job site checks
  • Participants will be charged daily room and board fees. The fees range from $12 to $20 per day
  • Out of county work release sentences may be accepted after review by the program supervisor. The daily cost for an out of county sentence is $66.40
  • It may take up to 4 business days from your book in date before being placed on the program

The criteria for the Work Release Program include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participants must work within a 50 mile radius of the Denver County Jail, located at 10500 Smith Rd., Denver, CO
  • Participants must work no less than a minimum of 25 hours a week while on the program
  • Participants may work up to 10 hours per day (includes lunch and breaks), no more than 6 days in a row. All hours over 40 per week must be paid overtime, unless employed in a salaried position
  • Participants may only have one employer while on the program
  • Participants must be paid with a company paycheck. Cash payments are not allowed
  • Work such must be authorized by the courts and specified on your sentencing mittimus
  • Participants will be allowed a total of 14 days of work search on the program, which will include employment and career education services 
  • Participants will be subject to removal from the program if he/she does not comply with the policies of the program
  • Unless specified by the court, only inmates sentenced through County Court are eligible for the Sheriff Home Detention Program
  • Participants in the program must have a sentence of 35 days or more and must complete half of that time in jail
  • Participants in the program must have 10 days or more in the Sheriff Home Detention Program
  • The participant will be required to have electronic monitoring
  • Participants in the program must have proof of a suitable residence
  • Participants in the program will be subject to random alcohol and drug tests
  • Participants in the program will be allowed to work if employed, but physical job search is not allowed
  • A uniformed deputy will make random, unannounced home and job site checks
  • Participants in the program must have a disposition compatible with Sheriff Home Detention on all cases

Work Release Room and Board Fees

  • $12 per day worked for Denver residents
  • $20 per day worked  for non-Denver residents
  • $66.40 per day worked for inmates sentenced out of county

Work Release Electronic Monitoring (SCRAM – Alcohol Bracelet and GPS – Global Positioning System)

  • SCRAM - $159 start up fee / $84 per week
  • GPS - $187 start up fee / $112 per week
  • SCRAM & GPS - $215 start up fee / $140 per week

Sheriff Home Detention Fees

  • Home Guard Unit - $166 start up fee / $91 per week
  • GPS - $187 start up fee / $112 per week
  • SCRAM - $159 start up fee / $84 per week
  • GPS & SCRAM - $215 start up fee / $140 per week
  • Home Guard & SCRAM - $180 start up fee / $105 per week

Urinalysis Fees

  • $8 per test / participants will receive a minimum of two per month

If you are paid weekly, you are required to have one week’s worth of room and board fees and the cost of one UA on your inmate account prior to placement on the program. If you are paid biweekly, you are required to have the cost of two week’s worth of room and board fees and the cost of one UA on your inmate account prior to placement on the program.

If you are required to wear electronic monitoring, you will be required to have the initial start up fee prior to placement on the program.

Work Search participants and Education/Treatment Release participants are required to have the cost of two UA’s on their inmate account prior to placement on the program.

How long does it take until I can return to work after booking in?

After your employment has been verified it will take approximately 4 business days.

How many sets of clothing can I bring to jail?

Do not bring any extra clothing when you book in. We suggest you coordinate with a family member or friend to have extra sets of clothing dropped off at your job site for you to retrieve on your first day back to work. You may have up to three sets of clothing in the facility at any given time. You will be given the opportunity to wash your clothes upon returning from work.

Can I bring in shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.?

All of your hygiene items must be purchased through the commissary.

Can I have people drop off cash?

No, you cannot have cash dropped off at the jail. A postal money order may be purchased on your behalf and dropped off at the Main Jail lobby. Your name and CD# must be printed on the front of the postal money order. Cash may be deposited in the kiosk in the Main Jail lobby.

Can I have a cell phone / laptop / tablet / MP3?

Cell phones must be turned off before entering the facility. Your cell phones must stay in your locker and are not allowed in the dorm. No other electronic devices are allowed in the facility at any time.

Will I be given time to cash / deposit my paycheck?

Yes, you may request one extra hour on your payday to cash your check or withdraw your direct deposit. All of your wages earned, minus $50, must be submitted in the form of a postal money order to be deposited into your own individual inmate account.

Can I bring in books?

Participants on Education Release are allowed to bring in one school book. No metal binders are allowed. Recreational reading material must be mailed in and approved by the Mail Room staff.

Am I allowed personal visits in the facility?

Personal visits may be scheduled through the visitation line, 720-913-3791, or through the Denver Sheriff Department website at www.denvergov.org/sheriff.

Random drug tests are conducted on a weekly basis and cost the inmate $5 per test. If the result is positive, the inmate is considered in serious violation of the program and may be returned to general population in the main jail and no longer eligible for work release.

Inmates are not allowed to leave their place of employment for any reason, unless pre-approved. This includes lunch breaks, if the place of employment does not have a cafeteria, the work release program will provide the inmate with a sack lunch.

  • Contact for Alternative Sentencing

    Captain Anthony Gettler
    10500 Smith Road
    Denver, CO   80239
    Phone: 720-913-3709
    Fax: 720-913-3817

    dsdworkrelease@denvergov.org
    Hours of Operation:
    M-F 6:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.



    Electronic Monitoring
    Phone: (720) 913-8950
    Fax: (720) 913-8920
    electronic monitoring

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