Alternative Sentencing

The mission of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office Alternative Sentencing Programs Unit is to assist in developing socially responsible offenders through meaningful educational opportunities and engaging alternatives to incarceration.

Alternative sentences not only help the taxpayers of Ada County by reducing jail costs, but also give offenders the opportunity to repay the community while continuing to work and support families.

A judge must approve all alternative sentences and the defendant must agree to follow all the rules of the program. 

Placement in an Alternative Sentencing Program is at the discretion of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Defendants who don’t follow the rules must spend the rest of their sentence in the jail.


General Criteria:  

  • Inmates can have no convictions for felony assault or violent crimes, sex crimes (includes Internet sex crimes), registered sex offenders, or Injury to a Child
  • Inmates may not have an active No Contact Order or Protection Order. (Case by case determination)
  • Anyone who shows up with alcohol or drugs in their system while participating in one of the programs will be removed and finish sentence in jail.  All money is forfeited that has been collected.
  • If an inmate has been removed in the previous six months, we do not have to accept them into an Alternative Sentencing Program.
  • The Alternative Sentencing Supervisor or Program Manager has the authority to override any of the eligibility requirements.

General information on the Alternative Sentencing Programs, including cost and general eligibility requirements, can be found by selecting one of the corresponding program tabs on the menu to the right.

Day Reporting Center
7180 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
Phone Number (208) 577-3460
Fax Number (208) 577-3469
Business Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Work Release Center
7255 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
Phone Number (208) 577-3461
Fax Number (208) 577-3499