In 1983 the Sheriff's Office implemented the Alternative Sentencing program to find cost effective ways to impose sentences on lesser offenders. The Alternative Sentencing programs give the courts different options to impose judicially mandated sentences in ways that maintain community safety and require offenders to "pay back the community" through community based work.
Between 1983 and 1992, Alternative Sentencing was housed in several different county facilities, including the basement of the County courthouse and Community Corrections.
In 1992, Alternative Sentencing was moved to a new addition to the current Jail.
In 2010, although still located in the same building, the Alternative Sentencing Unit was moved out from under the Sheriff's Office Division to the Criminal Justice Services Division as the Alternative Sentencing Department.
In 2012, Alternative Sentencing will move into a new facility located at 2307 Midpoint Drive.
Today a staff of 63 civilian staff facilitate 6 different programs:
Offenders assigned to Alternative Sentencing programs are also required to pay administrative fees to help reduce the cost of criminal justice services to taxpayers. Alternative Sentencing programs cost an estimated $35/day per person whereas incarceration at the Detention Center is estimated at $88/day.
In 2010, The Workender and Midweek crews completed 75,050 hours of service to governmental and non-profit agencies in Larimer County, saving the community over $386,508 in labor.