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- Alternative Sentencing
The Nevada County Sheriff's Office offers an Alternative Sentencing Program that allows a person, convicted of a crime, to complete their sentence in the community instead of the jail.
Alternative sentencing is different from Work Release. Work release is operated by Nevada County Probation.
- Who may apply?
During sentencing, a Judge will decide if a person is eligible to apply for alternative sentencing through the Nevada County Sheriff's Office. This will be indicated on the sentencing paperwork.
- Which programs are available through alternative sentencing?
Home Detention / Electronic Home Monitoring
A person is confined to their own residence
May only leave for work or to attend a court ordered class
A GPS tracking monitor is placed on a person's ankle for the duration of the sentence
A person spends 2-3 consecutive days per week in the jail for the total duration of the sentence
- Are there any fees?
- What may cause someone to be denied?
While there are many things that may cause someone to be denied, automatic disqualifications include:
A person sentenced to jail for any sex crime
A person who has current, unsentenced charges in any jurisdiction
A person who tests positive for any use of alcohol or drugs, including THC
- How do I apply for alternative sentencing?
Complete the fillable Alternative Sentencing Application (PDF) and collect the required documents
At least 30 days prior to the court-ordered commitment date, call or e-mail the alternative sentencing officer for an appointment. This appointment will be to turn in the application and required documentation.
- If I am approved, can I be removed from the program?
Yes. There are a number of things that may cause a person to be removed from the program. These include, but are not limited to:
Tampering with or removing a GPS tracking monitor, unscheduled boundary violations
Testing positive for the use of any alcohol or drugs, including THC
Arriving late for any weekend, without prior approval from the Alternative Sentencing Officer
New criminal charges, to include a warrant
Violation of facility rules
- If I am removed from the program, what will happen?
You will be required to complete the remainder of your sentence in the jail.