Community Corrections: Home Confinement

The Home Confinement Program promotes public safety using various electronic monitoring technologies and supervision strategies to effectively manage clients within the community. While in the program, the client has the ability and is encouraged to maintain or seek employment, along with participating in other court-ordered activities such as treatment and community service. With the ability to maintain employment, the client can contribute to the financial needs of the family and begin paying court costs/fines. These programs help reduce public safety costs for taxpayers by reducing jail time and allowing offenders to support their families. 

Types of Programs

We offer several unique monitoring programs as described below. To learn more, see our client rules and regulations or monitoring technologies pages.


Alcohol Monitoring

Benefits & Success

Based on the evidence collected, continuous alcohol monitoring is a viable deterrent for offenders. Of 3,707 people placed in the alcohol monitoring program, only 47 participants have had confirmed alcohol readings and only 85 others have been terminated from the program for other violations. 

Continuous alcohol monitoring is an effective technology for offenders with alcohol-related crimes. It is used on post-conviction cases that involve driving while intoxicated and driving under revocation and/or suspension. Alcohol monitoring is also used in pretrial cases involving alcohol in domestic violence cases, as well as habitual traffic offenses. 

The continuous alcohol monitoring program accepts referrals from the Denver County Court Probation and Denver District Court Probation. The program also works with the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. Enforcement hearing officers can refer people with suspended licenses to continuous alcohol monitoring as a condition for driver's license reinstatement.

Currently, alcohol monitoring in our department, uses a device that tests offender alcohol concentration through the skin (trans-dermal alcohol concentration, or TAC). The bracelet is water-resistant and tamper-resistant. The offender is tested at least 24-times per day. If alcohol is detected, the system automatically begins sampling every 20 minutes until alcohol is no longer present. The results are collected throughout the day and stored in the bracelet. The results are uploaded once a day via a modem to the offender's home, or once a week to the office. The results are then analyzed and posted on a secure website, so officers can access the information when needed. If the Defendant attempts to place objects (tape, playing cards, paper, etc…) between the skin and the bracelet to defeat it, the built-in tamper technology will alert the officer.

Post-Conviction Monitoring

Benefits & Success

More than 3,000 offenders are placed in a post-conviction electronic monitoring program each year, with an 89% successful completion rate. With an average sentence length of 38 days, the Electronic Monitoring Program saves the Denver County Jail over 100,000 bed days each year.

Post-conviction cases are the largest of the programs administered by the Electronic Monitoring Program, accounting for 57% of offenders monitored. The Courts utilize this program as an alternative sentence to jail and/or a condition of probation. The offender is required to meet with a probation officer either weekly or bi-weekly to address issues, verify employment, treatment, community service, school, and other court approved activities. 

Post-conviction client monitoring may utilize a combination of technologies. Most commonly offenders are monitored by radio frequency, cell units, and/or continuous alcohol monitoring. GPS technology can also be used and is determined for appropriateness by program staff and the the criminal history of the offender.