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Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP)

What is SWAP?

The Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) reduces jail overcrowding by providing an alternative to incarceration.

Judges can sentence non-violent offenders (charged with DUI or other traffic offenses) to SWAP. This allows them to perform community service instead of serving time. SWAP provides free manual labor to municipalities, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Simultaneously, offenders learn transferable work skills and gain experience in manual labor.

Supervised by trained sheriff’s deputies, SWAP crews perform a variety of public works projects such as cleaning parks, viaducts and streets seven days a week.

How do I register for SWAP?

Offenders sentenced to the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program now have two ways to register.

  1. You can call SWAP at 773-674-0714 to register over the phone. Participants are encouraged to call within 24 hours of leaving court.
  2. You can use the New Online Registration Application. Click on the Link below to start the process.

When must I register?

Misdemeanor, Felony, and traffic case defendants must register online or in person at a SWAP office within thirty (30) days from the court date.

Paying Fees

Fees, if applicable are due at the time of registration or starting your workday. Fees can be paid by credit card at any registration site. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Money orders are accepted at the Maywood office only. Offender fees and work schedule are reviewed at time of registration.

Program Rules

Participants will be advised of and receive a copy of all rules and regulations at their orientation session.

If you have any questions call SWAP office direct line:

Daley Center: 312-603-2480

Maywood: 708-865-6510

Markham: 708-232-4464

Bridgeview: 708-974-6135

Rolling Meadows: 847-818-2394

SWAP Registration Offices & Hours

Daley Center Traffic Court
50 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602


Corner of Clark and Washington
Lower Level – Room 11

Monday through Friday


8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


SWAP Headquarters – 31st & California
2828 W. 31st Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Mondays & Fridays Only


7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Maywood Courthouse
1500 Maybrook Drive
Maywood, IL 60153


Lower Level – Room LL083

Monday through Friday


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Bridgeview Courthouse
10220 S. 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, IL 60455


Lower level – Cafeteria

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
1100 S. Hamilton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612


Main Level

Tuesdays & Thursdays Only


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Markham Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Avenue
Markham, IL 60426


Lower Level – Pro Bono Room

Wednesdays only


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Rolling Meadows Courthouse
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rolling Meadows Illinois
Main Level – Room 143
Thursdays only


10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Chicago – 2828 W. 31st Street, Chicago Illinois

Skokie Courthouse – 5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Illinois

Rolling Meadows Courthouse – 2121 Euclid Avenue, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Maywood Courthouse – 1500 Maybrook Drive, Maywood, Illinois

Bridgeview Courthouse – 10020 S. 76th Ave, Bridgeview, Illinois

Markham Courthouse – 16501 S. Kedzie Ave, Markham, Illinois

** Offenders must report no later than 7 a.m. and bring their SWAP I.D. **