Alternatives to Incarceration

The goal of the Sheriff’s Alternatives To Incarceration Bureau is to provide the courts of  Rensselaer County with an alternative sentencing option other than incarceration. This results in the correctional facility population lowered saving the cost of housing individuals. The A.T.I bureau is staffed and overseen by the Sheriff, and guided by the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.

Through a pre-determined amount of 6 hour days, individuals are required to perform various types of labor at Government and not for profit entities. 

Between July of 2022 and June of 2023, 60 offenders performed work at over 43 worksites throughout the county, including senior centers, little league fields, cemeteries and numerous government facilities. 

Since inception in 1989, the A.T.I. bureau has had 5,850 offenders sentenced to it. This resulted in a savings to tax payers well into the MILLIONS in dollars. 

Contact info: Walter J. Spallane-Director-A.T.I. Bureau (518 )266-2921