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