Work release is an option at times for some inmates. The work release program offers a prisoner an opportunity to gradually reenter the community. Our attorneys can help explain the benefits of work release, but when a prisoner qualifies for work release, he or she will be transferred to one of the local jails. Usually a location is picked near where they will later be paroled or released.
Work Release Explained
To be eligible for work release, an inmate must meet the following criteria:
- Security Level I
- Class Level I
- Non-violent current and/or prior crimes
- Within 14 months of their Good Time Release Date or Mandatory Release Date
- Must Have Worked Outside The Perimeter For Six Months
In order for an inmate to apply for work release, he or she must meet the aforementioned criteria before applying through their institutional counselor. The counselor will submit the application and if it is approved, the inmate is placed on the waiting list to be transferred. Thirty local Virginia jails participate in the work release program and the whole process is handled by the Virginia Department of Corrections, so there is no need for outside parties to contact jails about the program.