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A-STEP Program

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Training Employment Program (A-STEP) began in 1999 as part of Detention Services.  The program provides a partnership with the business community that provides sentenced male and female inmates real life job experience, education and therapy while incarcerated. Drug, alcohol, domestic violence and GED classes are offered to all A-STEP inmates.

A-STEP works with inmates to develop good work ethics, enhanced feeling of self-worth and the opportunity to work as a team. The program's objective is to return participants back to society as productive citizens and employees.  A-STEP is designed to provide only services to members of our business community and not to displace workers, but to offer our business partners assistance with overflow work completed in the Detention Facility. All funds derived from A-STEP are kept within the program to keep it self-sustaining.

A-STEP inmates earn monthly paychecks to help pay restitution, court costs and to assist in paying for treatment when released. The inmates are paid by the hour or paid based on piece work depending on their job assignment. Participants also receive training and certification on a warehouse forklift, which helps them to secure employment once released.

The quality and consistency of the program is very important in the relationship we have developed with our business partners.  A-STEP has been modeled by other facilities across the country and has gained national recognition by the National Correctional Industries Association. For more information, call 720-874-3320 or 720-874-3314.