Alternatives to Incarceration Unit (A.I.U.)

Brooke Howard
350 S. Center St. Suite 101
Reno, NV 89501
Main Phone: (775) 785-4239

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Alternatives to Incarceration Unit (A.I.U.) is comprised of

  • Sheriff's Community Work Program (S.C.W.P.)
  • Jail Counseling Programs
  • Inmate Work Program
  • Court ordered Book Print & Release processing
  • Sheriff's House Arrest Program

Alternative sentencing programs divert offenders away from costly incarceration thereby saving taxpayer money.  The programs provide the opportunity to serve the community and supply manpower to local nonprofits and government agencies.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Alternatives to Incarceration Unit is responsible for screening defendants for program participation eligibility and managing those participants in Out of Custody programs as well as the multiple programs within the Detention Facility.

Defendants may be sentenced directly to a program by the sentencing judge, be screened for eligibility by AIU or may fall into the category of possible early release due to jail overcrowding.The average number of active participants is usually over 1200. AIU staff not only qualifies and releases inmates; they also oversee all activity necessary to assure a very high success rate.

 The Sheriff's Alternative to Incarceration Unit also partners and participates in numerous county outreach programs and is a drop-off site for donations throughout the year. Donations are given to a variety of charities.

The following new items are needed:

  • Clothing for children and tweens, including: coats, hats & gloves
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Toys of all kinds for all ages
  • Games and books for teens and tweens
  • Gift cards
  • Shampoo, toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap & deodorant
  • Books on CD, puzzles, paint by number sets, slippers, lap blankets and anything else that would be appreciated by senior citizens
  • Monetary donations

Donated items may be dropped off at the Sheriff's Community Work Program office located at 350 S. Center St. (directly across from the Downtown Reno Library) between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday or mailed to the Alternatives to Incarceration, PO Box 11130 Reno, NV 89520-0027

Programs include but, are not limited to:

Christmas on the Corridor - For many years The Reno Sparks Business Association and Washoe County Sheriff's Office  have devoted themselves to making a difference in the lives of those in need in our community by providing thousands of children and senior citizens with coats, school supplies, hygiene items, food, toys, clothing and much more. During the holiday season the "Christmas on the Corridor" program focuses on children and seniors in the motel district of 4th, 5th & 6th Streets along with the Denslow, Trainer and Pat Baker park areas. 

Community Graffiti Clean-Up Event - This one day Community Clean-Up helps remove graffiti, litter and trash from designated areas in Washoe County neighborhoods.

Graffiti vandalism is now one of the public's foremost quality of life concerns. Studies show crime is less likely to occur when  a neighborhood is clean, well lit and used frequently by residents and their friends.  By eliminating weeds & debris and removing graffiti from public spaces, it makes the territory less attractive to criminals and more attractive to the community, thus making the community safer.

Detention Volunteer Appreciation - The Detention Bureau has nearly 100 active volunteers working in the jail contributing well more than 15,000 hours of service.  Volunteers represent many community-based organizations, educational institutions, churches, businesses and individuals.

Our volunteers share a commitment to promote activities that contribute to the reduction of recidivism.  They accomplish this by sharing their unique talents, skills and knowledge while adapting to the challenges of a jail setting.

Currently volunteers provide religious, social, educational, recreational and other services that enhance personal development and create links between incarcerated individuals and their community.

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