Sheriff's Work Alternative Program

SWAP participants clearing brush

About the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program (SWAP)

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors authorized the Sheriff to establish a Work Release Program, an alternative form of confinement for low-risk offenders. The purpose of SWAP is to offer alternatives to incarceration. This allows the Sheriff to reduce overcrowding and it allows individuals to remain productive members of society.

​Eligibility for SWAP

To be eligible to participate in SWAP, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Sentenced to 180 days or less of county jail time.
  2. Have no pending cases
  3. Physically fit to perform manual labor
  4. Must be able to work one day per week
  5. Must work 8 hours per day
  6. Must have reliable transportation
  7. Must have a physical address
Note: Sex-related and qualified felony charges are NOT eligible.

Signing up for SWAP

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria for SWAP, you may sign up to participate. 

Contact the SWAP office at (707) 441-5113 for any questions. Sign ups and applications are available at the Jail Visitation Lobby, located at 901 5th Street, Eureka, CA. SWAP interviews are held from 1-8 p.m. on Thursdays. 


Documents you will be asked to complete or review as part of the processing procedure include:

  1. SWAP Application
  2. Medical Questionnaire
  3. Revenue Recovery Agreement
  4. SWAP Safety Guidelines 
  5. SWAP Rules and Requirements

What to Bring 

When signing up for SWAP, please bring:

  1. Photo Identification
  2. Copy of Court Minutes
  3. Emergency Contact Information

Examples of SWAP Work

SWAP participants should be prepared and able to complete tasks like:

  • Cutting, splinting and stacking firewood
  • Feeding and caring for farm animals
  • Lawn care
  • Cleaning county vehicles
  • Kennel maintenance

Contact Us

Map of Eureka
SWAP Office
901 5th St.
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 441-5113

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, excluding holidays

Photo of Sheriff’s Wood Lot

Photo of cows at the Sheriff’s Farm