Douglas County has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the state and it is far below the national average. This is, in part, due to the County’s array of programs to divert individuals safely away from jail. Safely diverting individuals from jail not only relieves some of the overcrowding currently at the jail, but it also allows these individuals to maintain employment and family ties, improving their chances of changing their behavior and making positive contributions in our community when they participate in an alternative to incarceration program.
Individuals who meet certain criteria, including most importantly not being a public safety risk, may participate in these programs. Recent additions to our alternatives to incarceration have been proposed and implemented through the work of Douglas County's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
The purpose of this information is to educate the public. We encourage all Douglas County residents to learn more about alternatives to incarceration and how these programs can impact public safety, including operations at the jail, in order to make an informed decision about these issues.