The work / education release program was developed jointly with the courts as an alternative to incarceration. The program allows sentenced individuals who meet specific criteria to serve time while maintaining employment or attending school in the community.
Program eligibility depends on the recommendation from the inmate's sentencing court, a review of criminal history and thorough medical and psychological examinations.
Those placed in the program must pay a per diem rate that is adjusted based on their ability to pay. Work release fees go to the county's general fund.