Alternatives to Incarceration

The Mission of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Division:

To provide the criminal justice community with alternatives to incarceration for offenders as ordered by the court through strict community supervision and structured reintegration services.

PRE-TRIAL SERVICES

Defendants are assigned to Pre-Trial supervision at the courts discretion. Supervision may consist of any of the following: daily contact, weekly contact, electronic home monitoring (may include alcohol monitoring, GPS tracking or both) and/or alcohol/illegal substance monitoring by an outside approved testing facility. The purpose of any monitoring is to ensure compliance with bond conditions set by the Court, and to reduce the failure to comply rate. Defendants are required to pay monthly supervision costs while assigned to the Pre-Trial Services program.

COMMUNITY CUSTODY PROGRAM

The objective of the program is to reduce the amount of jail time served by converting a portion of that time to Electronic Home Monitoring. Offenders may be direct sentenced to the program under a plea agreement, or screened for participation after 2/3 of their sentence has been completed (Note: this process is only used when the jail population is close to maximum capacity). Offenders must have a local residence and be able to pay program costs in order to participate. All offenders assigned to this program must pay an initial intake fee of $50.00 plus a fee of $12 per day the equipment is assigned to them.

USEFUL PUBLIC SERVICE

Defendants are Court ordered to complete hours of Useful Public Service (Community Service) at the time of sentencing.  The purpose of Useful Public Service is to turn a conviction into a “donation” of time and energy and to provide a positive experience for both the client and the community they reside in.  Clients will have an extensive list of 501c3 non-profits to choose from in La Plata County to fulfill this requirement.  Useful Public Service clients are also able to complete their required hours at any 501c3 non-profit in their home county or state if they reside outside of La Plata County. The only pre-requisite for Useful Public Service is the client contacts this office and registers prior to beginning any of their Useful Public Service hours.