Alternatives to Incarceration programs that are operated in Yates County are pre-trial release and community service.
Inmates who are unsentenced and remanded to Yates County Jail are evaluated for possible release under the supervision of the probation department while their court case is pending. When individuals are considered eligible for the program the information is forwarded to the Judge handling the case who makes the final decision about releasing the person.
The community service program oversees the screening and placement of local, non-violent criminals at numerous not-for-profit work sites around the county where they work without pay for a certain number of hours as part of their sentence from the court. The program is mutually beneficial in that the person gives back to the community where they committed a crime and often gains valuable work experience.