CAP - CAP is Custody Alternative Programs. It encompasses the Sheriff Parole, Work Release and Electronic Monitoring Programs. It is managed by the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office. Once a person is actually sentenced and qualifies for alternative sentencng, they may be able to participate in one of the programs.
Work Release - Work Release is a program where a sentenced inmate works at a designated site as assigned by the CAP officer. The work performed is not paid for but is in place of doing time in the county jail. The person can continue to go to work or go to school and complete his sentence by working on his days off. Persons are monitored while working by a site supervisor.
Who Can Do Work Release - Once a person is sentenced, an appointment is set up to go over the qualifications for work release. Disqualifiers to participate in Work Release are current restraining order, weapons possession convictions, domestic violence, violent crimes or sex related crimes.
How much does Work Release cost - There is a application fee of $125. The daily fee is $13.25 per day. Depending on how many days the sentence is, the total amount varies. The full amount must be paid in full while you are participatng. Details and payment schedule is discussed prior to starting the program.
How many hours for Work Release Day - When a person is assigned to the work release site, the person is assigned and given a start time. Generally it is 8am. A person can expect to be there for approximately 7 hours. Lunch breaks are taken at the site. A lunch must be brought. If you miss a day for instance if you have an emergency you may call and re-schedule. If you forgot, you must pay a reschedule fee. If you miss too many days you are removed from the program. With a doctor's note a person may be considered for electronic monitoring.
Electronic Monitoring - Electronic monitoring is a program where a sentenced inmate completes his sentence while at home in a home confinement setting. The program is designed for participants requiring more supervision than work release can provide. The person must wear an ankle monitor 24 hours a day for the duration of their sentence. The person can continue to go to school, work and attend recovery meetings. Persons cannot attend special functions or sporting events nor go on vacations.
Who Can Do Electronic Monitoring - There are different types of monitors that can be used depending on current conviction as well as past convictions. There is no limit on the duration of the sentence to participate on Electronic Monitoring. Just like Work Release, there are certain convictions that disqualify a person.
How Much Does Electronic Monitoring Cost - There is an applicaton fee of $125. The daily fee is no less than $16 per day. The fee is paid on a weekly basis.
Do I need a land telephone - You do not need to obtain a new telephone land line. Due to the amount of cell towers, the Sheriff has devices that can use the cell phone towers to process and send information.
Do I need to tell my boss or supervisor - No. As a general rule, the Sheriff will not call your work or talk to your supervisor unless unable to locate you at your home or you fail to communicate
Will the Sheriff check on me - Yes. While you are on the program, you are considered in custody. Therefore CAP officers do random house visits and will check your home to ensure you are following the rules and not in possession of drugs or alcohol. Participants are randomly drug tested.
My Court Papers say I qualify - Am i Immediately accepted - No. The Court makes a recommendation however the Sheriff will make the final decision.
What is a stay? A stay is a date given by the Court where you have to surrender yourself to the jail to start serving a sentence. If you are accepeted to particpate in the program the stay is the date you actually start the program.