General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567


Alternative Sentencing

Temporary Suspension of Alternative Sentencing and Self-Surrender Court Commitments due to COVID-19

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has been taking proactive steps to mitigate the potential introduction or spread of COVID-19 in the community which includes the population within our jails. This has been done in close consultation with local, state and federal officials. 

On March 17, 2020 the El Dorado Superior Court released an Administrative Order which temporarily suspended commitment sentences for Work Program, Intermittent (Weekender) Sentences and Court Commitments ordering self-surrender of defendants to the County Jail.  The suspension of these sentences have been ordered effective March 17, 2020 through August 9th, 2020.  

Update:  The suspension of these sentences have been extended through August 9th, 2020 by orders of the El Dorado Superior Court dated July 2nd, 2020.

These sentences have been ordered to recommence on or after August 10th, 2020.  All those who have a court ordered jail surrender date or have been court ordered to an alternative sentencing program such as Work Program or Intermittent (Weekender) Sentence are encouraged to contact the El Dorado County Jail at (530) 621-6007 - Placerville Jail or (530) 573-3031 – Tahoe Jail for further information.

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.