Work Release Program

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WORK RELEASE PROGRAM

Work Release is a privilege, not a right that can be lost through non-compliance.

Work Release Compliance Officer:  (505) 566-4556

Who qualifies?

Some minimum risk employed inmates may qualify to work at their regular wage paying job while incarcerated.  This program allows for some already employed inmates to continue working in order to maintain financial support for their family and pay restitution to victims.

Other minimum risk offenders may qualify for non-paying assignment as inmate workers in the facility kitchen or other tasks related to Detention Center functions.  Local agencies utilize inmate workers for labor on public projects.  Some examples of labor performed include laying sod in soccer fields, filling sand bags for flooding, cleaning fairgrounds, graffiti removal, county-wide trash clean up and McGee Park.

What is the process for Work Release?

  1. Inmate must be approved by the court.
  2. Application process:
    An application must be submitted by a bona-fide, licensed employer who meet specific guidelines.  These guidelines are in place to protect the integrity of the program, control schedules, job sites and types of employment.  Failure to comply with all rules by either the inmate or the employer, will result in revocation of work release privileges.
  3. Licensed employer shall not be a family member. 
  4. Review and approval by Work Release Compliance Officer.
  5. Time sheets and pay records may be audited and on-site checks of inmates on the job will be conducted.
  6. Final determination will be made by the Warden.
  7. Regulations are strictly enforced.