1414 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906

(831) 759-7230, 759-7231, or 759-7262

Email: Sheriff.WAP@co.monterey.ca.us

Office hours: MON.-FRI. 8 AM – 5 PM

Closed: 12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM

If you have been ordered by the court to serve a jail sentence of 40 days or less, you may apply to serve your sentence in the WORK ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM (WAP). This work program is an alternative to incarceration (jail).  The administrative fee to enroll is $195 (cash or money order).

TO APPLY, YOU MUST CONTACT WAP OFFICE WITHIN 5 DAYS OF YOUR COURT DATE, at (831) 759-7230, 759-7231, or 759-7262 to schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information: NAME, DAYS SENTENCED, SURRENDER DATE, and CASE NUMBER.

Note: Once you have confirmed WAP appointment, do not surrender to the jail.


WALK-IN EXCEPTIONS:   Day of Court Sentencing for Out of County Transfers ONLY        

If you live outside Monterey County and need to transfer your case to the county where you reside, you must enroll with WAP first. Please bring your court order and $195 administrative fee (cash or money order).  Additional fees may be charged by the County you are transferring out to.


WAP Location & Directions:
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office
1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906

The WAP Office is located between the County Jail facility and the Sheriff’s Administrative Office.  Parking is available in front of the WAP Office. From Natividad Road turn on to Chaparral, turn left on the first road and right into the second parking area.

 WAP Participant’s Rules and Regulations

On your appointment date, bring your court order and the $195 administrative fee (cash or money order). Acceptance in WAP is solely at the discretion of the Sheriff’s Office.  Your eligibility will be based on the nature of your charges (some charges may disqualify you from participating), your prior criminal history and your previous performance in WAP. This program requires its participants to perform manual labor, general maintenance, road-side beautification and performing other such tasks. If you are not able (for reasons other than a physical disability) or unwilling to perform such work, you may not be eligible for the work program.  If you are unable to work due to physical limitations, or medical restrictions that prevent you from performing the duties above, you may request, but are not guaranteed, an accommodation of your disability.  Another option is to contact the Probation Department’s Supervised Home Confinement Program at 831-784-5799.

If you are accepted, you must abide by the following program rules and policies:

  1. Participants are required to work a minimum of 2 days per week (8 hours daily) unless medically documented restrictions limit your work hours.
  1. WAP is not a weekend program. WAP operates 7 days a week.  If weekend work sites are all full, participants will be required to work weekdays (Monday-Friday).
  1. Participants must begin their program within 7 days of their enrollment with WAP.
  1. The administrative fee to enroll in WAP is $195.00 (cash or money order).