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What is the Alternative Sentencing Program?

The Alternative Sentencing Program allows those in our care the opportunity to maintain their employment, education, and/or treatment. This program is carefully supervised and includes monetary fees, which shall be determined by a case assessment.

Only 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.

Not sure if you're in the right place? Check out the Work Release Program, otherwise fill out the application below.

Alternative Sentencing Information

Alternative Sentencing participants earn "good time" while taking part in this program. Those with open pending charges, however, may not participate in the program until said charges have received a disposition compatible with their alternative sentence.

Take a look at the information below to learn what can be expected when participating in this program:

  • It may take up to four business days from book-in date before being placed in the program
  • Work Release staff will verify information provided and conditions of the program will be relayed to the employer
  • Charges are public information and will be revealed upon request
  • Participants may be subject to electronic monitoring and are responsible for accompanying fees
  • Participants are subject to alcohol and drug testing and are responsible for accompanying fees
  • Schedule changes will be limited and must be approved by Work Release staff
  • Program participants are given a schedule for reporting to and from work
  • A uniformed deputy will make random, unannounced job checks
  • Participants are charged daily room and board fees, which range from $12 to $20 per day
  • Out of county work release sentences will be reviewed and considered; if accepted, a daily fee of $66.40 is applied

Sheriff Home Detention Fee

  • 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
  • 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.

Urinalysis (UA) Fees

  • Participants will receive two random UA per month at $8 per test.

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.

  • 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
  • Participants 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

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

It will take up to four business days after employment has been verified.

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 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. Learn more about Money Accounts & Calling Cards.

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

Cell phones must be turned off before entering the facility. Your cell phone must stay in your locker, it is 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 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 by calling 720-913-3791. Get more information on the Jail Visit Request webpage.

 

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Denver Sheriff Department
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

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