Jail Diversion Programs

If you have been sentenced to the Dane county Jail with Work Release/Huber privileges, you may be eligible to serve your sentence at your home.

This guide is designed to help determine if you may be eligible and to assist you applying for Jail Diversion. For more information, you may contact the Jail Diversion Intake line at (608) 266-9089.

What is diversion?

An inmate on a jail diversion program is confined to their home and monitored with an electronic device. They are allowed to leave their residence for the purpose of exercising their Huber privileges.  The residence must be free of alcohol, alcohol containers, illegal drugs, and firearms.

How do I apply?

Complete the Jail Diversion Application and the Application for Waived/Reduced Fees and e-mail to diversion.intake@danesheriff.com or mail them to the second floor of the William H. Ferris Center located at 2120 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713. Incomplete pamphlets will not be acted on.

What would disqualify me?

  • You must be serving a Dane County Sentence.
  • Transfers are subject to the approval of Jail Administration.
  • You must be sentenced with Huber privileges.
  • You must have a residence in Dane County.
  • If you will be participating in OWI Treatment Court as a component of your sentencing, you will not be eligible for Jail Diversion.
  • If you are sentenced on an OWI charge you must have scheduled or completed your court ordered AODA assessment.
  • Your current charges, pending charges, criminal history and institutional behavior are all taken into consideration when determining your appropriateness for Jail Diversion.
  • There will be a mandatory drug screen before you are enrolled into any diversion program.
  • Failure to report to jail on time as well as drug and alcohol free will jeopardize your participation in Jail Diversion.

How do I transfer to Dane County to serve my sentence on the Diversion program?

If you are interested in transferring to Dane County, you will need to contact the sentencing county jail once you are officially sentenced to request a Huber Transfer Request along with a copy of your Judgment of Conviction that states "May serve in Dane County”. These two forms will need to be faxed to Dane County Jail Diversion at (608) 267-1531. All transfers need to be able to pay Jail Diversion fees and must report to Dane County drug and alcohol free.

What happens next?

A background check will be conducted to determine your eligibility for Jail Diversion. If it’s determined you are an eligible candidate, Jail Diversion will contact you to schedule an orientation.

At the time of the orientation you will be required to provide the following:

  • A letter from your employer on letterhead stating the nature of your work and your work schedule
  • Class schedule, if applicable
  • A transportation plan detailing how you will get to work to include copies of the driver’s license, insurance, and registration for anyone who would transport you in a private vehicle;
  • A copy of your completed AODA assessment paperwork or the time and date of your future assessment
  • Full names and dates of birth of any adults living at the address with you.

Arriving at the interview with detectable alcohol on your breath and/or signs of illegal drug use will result in cancellation of the interview and may cause you to be denied jail diversion.

Driving to the interview with a revoked or suspended driver’s license may cause you to be denied Jail Diversion


If you have an upcoming court appearance on an OWI 3rd or above and are due to be remanded forthwith to jail with Work Release or Huber privileges, your  file will be reviewed once you are sentenced.  Please complete an application  and turn it in 2 weeks prior to sentencing.  If it’s determined you are an eligible candidate, the Diversion program  will contact you once you are in custody to complete an orientation prior to enrollment.  Please plan on sitting in custody 2-3 days until a decision is made.


Employment is not a requirement to be eligible for Jail Diversion. Inmates who are employed or seek employment while on Jail Diversion will follow all Dane County Sheriff’s Office Huber Law Procedures.

Volunteer Program

Unemployed inmates are encouraged to participate in the Dane County Jail Volunteer Program. Participating inmates may be eligible for sentence reduction credit.