September 28, 2015

Alternative Sentencing Program

What is the Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP)?

Part of Community Connect since 1978, the Alternative Sentencing Program features several programs that help redirect both youth and adults by providing opportunities to give back to the community.
When clients are sentenced in Court to complete Community Service, Domestic Violence Counseling or Anger Management Counseling, the clients are referred to ASP. ASP staff then places the clients in either:

• A community service position in the community
• A counseling class, monitoring their attendance, and reporting progress back to the Court

What are the benefits of using ASP for court-referred community service and counseling?

By utilizing the Alternative Sentencing Program our court referred clients are ensured safe, monitored and pre-approved community service locations and assisting agencies.

Taxpayers benefit from ASP because the high cost of incarceration is avoided. The local court system benefits from ASP because it’s a viable alternative to fines or incarceration. Local community members benefit because it allows them to fulfill legal commitments while giving back to the community. Local nonprofit organizations benefit from the hours of service that participants provide.


Upon completion of Community Service hours or days, certified documentation is forwarded directly to the Court and/or Probation Department on the client’s behalf.

Program Overview


The Hospital And Morgue Mentoring (H.A.M.M.) Program is an alternative sentence or condition of probation for use in the sentencing of adults 20 years and older for DUI, reckless driving and related offenses. The H.A.M.M. Program was created through the collaboration of participating Hospitals, the Department of Coroners, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Riverside Courts.


Teen Education Mentoring Program Option (T.E.M.P.O.) is a drug and alcohol early Intervention program that exposes youth (ages 13-19) to the legal, financial and emotional consequences of substance abuse. Young offenders that benefit from this program have, for example, been involved in illegal drug possession, 1st time DUI and/or under the influence of narcotics.

Community Service

Court-ordered Community Service allows the opportunity for juvenile or adult applicants to pay for their offenses by giving back to the community in lieu of incarceration. ASP also administers Community Service to be transferred Out of County or Out of State. This allows for employment stability and continued family interaction, also, tax-payer dollars are saved by eliminating confinement expenses.

Referral Based Monitoring Services

ASP provides clients with placement and monitoring, as well as administration of their out of County or out of State transfers for the following court-ordered classes: Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Child Batterers, Drug and Alcohol

ASP Office hours:

Monday-Friday :

8:00 am -11:00 am; 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

(Closed for Lunch 11:30 am -12:30 pm)