Pay to Stay Program

The Santa Ana Police Department recognizes the impact that a commitment represents to families and careers, and offers tools to help its residents remain productive through these periods.


The purpose of the Pay to Stay Program

Serving a commitment in jail is a highly disruptive experience that can negatively affect a person’s career and ability to provide for a family.  This can be especially true for small business owners, commission based workers and sole breadwinners. Working with the Courts, the Santa Ana Police Department is able to provide options to traditional incarceration that help address these and other issues.

The Pay to Stay Program assists persons interested in serving their commitments over a series of weekends, who need a program that permits them to attend work daily or who are simply searching for a less intimidating environment.  Options such as these provide the opportunity to preserve career standing, maintain family support obligations and the ability to serve a commitment in safety and with dignity.

General Criteria

The Santa Ana Police Department is available to assist its residents and workforce to serve certain commitments in a format that best addresses their individual needs.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no residency restrictions to participate in the program.
  • Most misdemeanors and some felony commitments are eligible.  In all cases, court approval is required.
  • Applicants should be in good overall health and free from acute medical conditions. Most prescription medications are acceptable.

There is no fee to apply or to determine eligibility.  The first day fee includes administrative expenses and is $140.  Each additional day is $110. A program administrator is available to discuss specific situations and needs, and can provide additional information regarding suitability and requirements.

How to Participate

  • The first step is to contact a program administrator, either directly or through counsel.  Based on your specific situation the program administrator will be able to determine eligibility, explain program requirements and calculate program costs.  If applicable, the program administrator can provide a letter of eligibility for presentation to the court.
  • Once the court has approved plan participation.  A plan administrator works with you to arrange a payment schedule, work release periods if applicable and a program contract is executed.
  • Upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of the contract, a program administrator provides proof of completion directly to the court.

Fee Schedule

  • There is no fee to apply or to obtain a letter of eligibility. 
  • Requesting a letter of eligibility does not obligate program participation.
  • The first day of incarceration (includes administrative fees) is $140
  • Each subsequent day of incarceration is $110.

Program fees are paid in advance according to a predetermined schedule. Maximum payment frequency is every two weeks.  Fee payments may be in cash or by cashier’s check.

Additional Details

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited at all times, including work release periods.
  • A medical screening may be required in certain circumstances.


Santa Ana Police Department - Jail Bureau

Pay to Stay Program Administrator

(714) 245 - 8102

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