Sac Sheriff

Work Release

700 North Fifth Street Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-874-1400

Public Hours:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Sheriff’s Work Project program has resumed and we are currently running work crews, utilizing restrictions/precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Anyone with questions can call 916-874-1400 for further information.

Motto: "Working for a better community."

The Work Release Division is Sacramento County's alternative sentencing program for inmates. It allows qualified inmates to serve their sentences on electronically monitored Home Detention, or by participating in community work projects. Since March of 1979, these programs have provided a less disruptive and more humane way for low risk inmates to serve their commitments. Inmate counts have usually ranged from 1500-1800 on Work Project at one time, and our Home Detention count is approximately 250.

This alternative to incarceration allows the inmates to maintain employment and family relationships. The community benefits from inmate labor provided to groups such as school and park districts, churches, civic groups, and other non-profit organizations. The County benefits from reduced jail population and incarceration costs. There is also a cost recovery benefit, as inmate participants are required to pay application and daily fees.

Alternative Sentencing Program

700 North Fifth Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-874-1400 (select option 3)

Public Hours:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

The Sheriff’s Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP) is designed to provide an opportunity for people to work community service hours in lieu of paying fines. It also allows certain sentenced individuals the ability to work in their community in lieu of serving time in jail. Participants and participating organizations adhere to specific rules of the program and work closely with the Sheriff’s Office to ensure accountability for all involved. Sacramento Sheriff’s Office staff or participating organization’s site administrators supervise every job site to ensure credit for attendance. Participants pay an application fee and program participation costs (scaled on their ability to pay) making it a highly cost effective program.
ASP has grown into an important opportunity for everyone involved. The participant benefits by being given the opportunity to work off fines which they otherwise may not have been able to afford. It also provides the participant with the opportunity to maintain/recover an active driver’s license by avoiding the suspension that comes with the failure to pay fines.
ASP participants benefit the entire community by completing many tasks for local nonprofit and public organizations (including but not limited to) veteran’s assistance programs, homeless assistance organizations, and community food banks.
ASP is a valuable tool for the criminal justice system which reduces jail overcrowding and in turn reduces jail expenses to local taxpayers. Allowing sentenced offenders to earn incarceration credits through this program provides a number of benefits for the offenders and for the community including keeping families together, allowing participants to maintain employment, and sustain their housing.
Participants are selected and referred to ASP through the court system.

Child Support Revenue Recovery Detail

916-876-6543

Public Hours:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

DCSS has taken over control of child support by mandates from the State and Federal governments. The function was previously conducted by the District Attorney's Office. DCSS has contracted with the Sheriff's Office to provide investigative support. DCSS handles over 100,000 cases of child support in the county.
The detectives assigned to this unit perform a number of functions. They are responsible for the service of the civil warrants relating to child support cases and for the enforcement of court ordered paternity testing. These tests can be completed in the field by the investigator or at the DCSS office. Detectives also conduct lifestyle surveillances. These are investigations utilized when there are concerns about the factual reporting of income by either party in a child support hearing. These investigations often lead to unreported sources of income and associated fraud/perjury cases.
Avoidance of court ordered payment by non-custodial parents has become very difficult. Mandated reporting of income, new hires, public assistance claims, contractor licenses, lottery winnings, tax returns, and numerous other sources, have created vast databases to search for non-custodial parents. Failure to pay court ordered support is a crime (PC 166.4). Failure to provide for a minor child is also a crime (PC270). Cooperation between law enforcement agencies has lead to dramatic increases in recovered revenue.
The overriding concern of the DCSS and the assisting investigators is to ensure the well-being and support of the children. The focus is on revenue recovery not on incarceration. The children in these cases are better served with the proper support needed to ensure a safe and healthy existence. However, once it becomes apparent that cooperation cannot be established with the non-custodial parent, steps that are more aggressive will be taken.

Home Detention

700 North Fifth Street Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-874-1413

Public Hours:
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Application packets need to be picked up within 5 days of being sentenced by the Courts.
Completed applications accepted Monday – Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Completed application packets must have the $130.00 non-refundable application fee in the form of a money order or cashiers check only. Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.
The Home Detention program is an alternative type of confinement in lieu of the traditional form of incarceration. Participants on the program may be allowed to continue their employment and/or education, and in doing so are able to contribute to society as well as their family.
Placement on Home Detention is within the discretion of the Sheriff's Office. All Home Detention participants contribute to the cost of their incareration, with fees based on assessed ability to pay. All Home Detention participants will be required to give weekly drug tests. The Home Detention program does not allow participants to use alcohol or products containing alcohol. The Home Detention program does not recognize the use of medicinal marijuana.

Power Program

916-874-1400

Public Hours:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday

The Power Program is a community correctional program that helps offenders reintegrate into the community. This innovative program offers educational and pre- employment training to offenders in a non- custodial setting. The program also offers the offender something tangible, increases self esteem, and encourages compliance in the Sheriff's Office's alternative custody programs.
The community corrections concept is an extension of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office's commitment to the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Restorative justice identifies crime as harm done both to a victim and the community. When these two concepts are combined, the end result is a correctional program that addresses the needs of both the victim and the offender through the educational process.

Sheriff's Work Project

700 North Fifth Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-874-1400

Public Hours:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Application packets need to be picked up within 5 days of being sentenced by the Courts.
Completed applications accepted Monday – Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Completed application packets must have the $80.00 non-refundable application fee in the form of a cash, credit, debit or Money Order. Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.
Certain sentenced inmates can be recommended by the sentencing judge to participate in Sheriff's Work Project. (Please note: Out of County referal letters from Sacramento County may not be accepted by all Counties in California. In addition, you must have approval from a Judge for an out of county referal before we can consider your application. Please consult with your attorney if you have any questions regarding referals.) If accepted for the program, they are assigned to one of more than 25 work sites throughout the county. They work one or more days per week on a work crew supervised by a Deputy Sheriff. Good time is computed into their sentence and release dates are adjusted accordingly. This good time can be revoked and release dates extended for disciplinary reasons: violations of Sheriff's Work Project rules.
The community benefits from inmate labor provided to groups such as school and park districts, churches, civic groups, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. A work project coordinator receives the requests and staffs the work crews from available resources.
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Non-Emergency

916-874-5115

TDD Non-Emergency

916-874-7128

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