Temporary Suspension of Alternative Sentencing and Self-Surrender Court Commitments

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has been taking proactive steps to mitigate the potential introduction or spread of COVID-19 in the community which includes the population within our jails. This has been done in close consultation with local, state and federal officials.

On March 17, 2020 the El Dorado Superior Court released an Administrative Order which temporarily suspended commitment sentences for Work Program, Intermittent (Weekender) Sentences and Court Commitments ordering self-surrender of defendants to the County Jail. The suspension of these sentences have been ordered effective March 17, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

These sentences have been ordered to recommence on or after May 1, 2020. All those who have a court ordered jail surrender date or have been court ordered to an alternative sentencing program such as Work Program or Intermittent (Weekender) Sentence are encouraged to contact the El Dorado County Jail at (530) 621-6007 – Placerville Jail or (530) 573-3031 – Tahoe Jail for further information.

Temporary Cancellation of In-Person Jail Visitation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

In light of the Governor’s Executive Order (N-25-20) and the recommendation from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has suspended all in-person visitation services at both the Placerville and South Lake Tahoe Jails. The only exception will be non-contact attorney visits.  

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will be expanding video visitation services. While we recognize the importance of in-person visitation, this decision was based upon the recommendation of health officials at both the state and local level. 

All persons incarcerated in El Dorado County will receive two free 30 minute video visitation sessions per week. Additional video visits are available at a reduced cost. The cost of video visitation has been reduced to .20 cents a minute. We have expanded our visitation calendar to allow for video visits 7 days per week between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm. Please note that certain blocks of time will be excluded so that we can continue to meet the medical and dietary needs of those who are incarcerated. Video visitation must be scheduled in advance at  https://jailfunds.com/

No confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have occurred in the El Dorado County Jails. This is a preventative measure that the Sheriff’s Office is taking in an effort to best protect all persons in El Dorado County.

Public Health Emergency in El Dorado County

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini has declared a local emergency in El Dorado County in response to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). This is in support with the Public Health Officer of El Dorado County and their declaration of a Public Health Emergency.

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in El Dorado County.  However, due to confirmed cases in the region and a high likely hood that a case will be confirmed in El Dorado County, the El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams, declared a public health emergency. The declaration of a public health emergency is a prerequisite for requesting and receiving any available federal and state funding.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office wants to assure residents of El Dorado County that your safety is our priority. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to remain open and staffed during the public health emergency. We will continue to work closely with our County partners, ensuring safety and best efforts on public health while following guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Attached is the press release and declaration by El Dorado County.  Residents of El Dorado County are urged to visit El Dorado County’s Public Health website for regular updates about COVID-19.

Updated March 13, 2020 at 12:15 PM with updated El Dorado County News Release