Alternative Sentencing


Options for Incarceration

In an effort to defer the increasing cost of housing inmates, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office offers two options to incarceration.


1. Sheriff’s Work Program

The Sheriff’s Work Program operates in accordance with 4024.2 of the California Penal Code and under the authority of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors pursuant to resolution. The program is administered by the Sheriff’s Custody Division and is designed to afford low risk offenders the opportunity to satisfy their court sentence without incarceration through work assignments at various sites approved by the Sheriff. Approval to participate in the program is at the discretion of the Sheriff. The court may restrict or deny eligibility.


Program fees consist of a charge not to exceed $20.00 per day, plus a $40.00 non-refundable application fee will be assessed and collected by program staff. Program fees will be assessed according to the participants’ ability to pay.

Individuals convicted of, or with pending charges of sex crimes against minors, felony sex crime, arson, acts of violence against police or emergency personnel, violent felonies, stalking, a criminal history of more than three violent crimes, or manufacturing of illegal drugs are ineligible for program participation. Additional existing conditions may be cause for denial as determined by program staff.

Applicants shall appear in person for an application.


2. Jail Weekender Program

This program is for sentenced inmates who are allowed by court order to serve weekends in jail. Inmates who are serving a sentence may request a release into the weekend program when they have 20 days or less to serve. There is a $30.00 per day administrative fee.