63 Golden Hill Drive
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340-3342
Fax: (845) 340-3252
Office Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM Monday-Friday
Alternative Sentencing is a program through which offenders are diverted to perform community service as the result of a non-violent criminal conviction. The objectives of the program are to reduce reliance on unnecessary incarceration in a manner consistent with public safety; provide a means of punishment to an offender and a means of restitution to the community; increase sentencing options to all criminal courts in Ulster County; foster the development of employment, vocational, and life skills as a way of improving situations which might otherwise contribute to criminal activity; encourage and implement integration between offender and community in the process of reducing dysfunction; and to forward the cause of alternative sanctions.
Programs offered include:
- Individual Community Service: An individual is placed at a not-for-profit job site and reports there the same way an employee would. Placement depends on skills and abilities of the individual, and the needs of the job site. The site assigns tasks and records time sheets. Monitoring is maintained by this office to insure compliance and completion of time ordered.
- Work Crews:Community service is performed as a group, led and supervised by an employee of this department. Projects change on an almost daily basis, depending on the job site or project. Most projects are general labor, such as interior and exterior painting, grounds and building maintenance, cleaning, etc. The crew operates seven days a week from 8:00AM to 2:00PM with the exception of major holidays. All projects are within County limits.
- Kingston City Work Crew: A work crew dedicated to projects within the City of Kingston operates on Saturdays only.
For Case Processing:Referrals are taken from any source:Courts, attorneys, family, agencies, individuals. Violations, misdemeanors, and felonies are eligible. Cases are screened for eligibility and public safety. Recommendation is made to the sentencing court, for both acceptance and denial. Once a case is sentenced, placement and monitoring are maintained through completion or termination. A final report is made to the sentencing court.
To Become a Job Site: Any not-for-profit, municipal, State or charitable organization is eligible to become a job site. There are currently over 200 job sites throughout Ulster County.
Fees for Services: None