Inmates participate in a variety of daily activities, including but not limited to, highway maintenance and landscaping for the Highway Department, laundry
detail for the local nursing home, landscaping for the Recreation Department, maintenance for the Education Department, and food service and maintenance for
the Silverdale facility. The Alternative Sentencing Department manages five programs for offenders who pose no immediate threat to the public,
these programs have been developed to assist the rehabilitative process for non-violent offenders while at the same time provide significant services to the
community through a variety of work projects. These programs include:
Felons Community Corrections
Felony Community Corrections offers an alternative to institutional incarceration for otherwise prison-bound felons. The program provides in-house arrest, electronic monitoring, and drug screens for State Department of Correction inmates who are convicted of non-violent felony offenses. The program is 100% State funded.
Community Corrections Misdemeanants
Misdemeanant Community Corrections offers an alternative to institutional incarceration for otherwise workhouse bound misdemeanants. The program provides in-house arrest, electronic monitoring, and drug screens for the Hamilton County Department of Correction inmates who are convicted of non-violent misdemeanor offenses. The program is funded by Hamilton County.
In September 2001, Hamilton County established a probation system for misdemeanant offenders. The goal of this program is to provide quality supervision, collect and track court costs, track compliance with special court conditions and to generate funds sufficient to cover the costs of operation through the collection of supervision fees. This program is funded by Hamilton County Government.
On July 1, 2018, Hamilton County established a pretrial services program to provide the courts with an alternative to incarceration and additional supervision for people who have been charged with a crime and have not been sentenced and would otherwise be incarcerated awaiting trial or placed on bond. Pretrial Services offers multiple levels of supervision to the courts when assigning people to the program. This program is funded by Hamilton County Government.
Courts Community Service Litter Grant Program
A unique public works program aimed at litter collection and public litter prevention education to reduce unsightly and environmental harmful litter from the public right-of-ways. The program utilizes non-violent offenders to relieve overcrowding in the prison system by offering alternative sentencing in lieu of incarceration for the collection effort.