There are two types of work release opportunities that exist for Virginia Department of Correctional offenders. For DOC offenders housed at the jail, there is sheriff or jail requested work release. This program allows for DOC offenders to serve their DOC sentences at the jail in the work release program. Secondly, for offenders housed in Virginia Department of Corrections’ facilities, there is DOC work release, which the offenders can request through their counselors. If approved for work release, these offenders will be sent to a jail to participate in work release. As the DOC has contracts with several jails across the state, we attempt to place offenders in jails close to their home plans. As most jails have work opportunities with various companies, we will also look to place offenders in jails with the best work opportunities at the time. The Virginia Department of Corrections’ work release program is a vital component of offender re-entry and enhances the chances for successful reintegration into the community. Offenders with out-of-state release will also be considered for work release.
General Eligibility Criteria:
- Offenders currently serving or who have ever been convicted for offenses of homicide, abduction, sex offenses, carjacking and mob related offenses are not eligible.
- Offenders cannot have a conviction for robbery or felonious assault within the last 15 years or no more than 2 convictions within the last 25 years.
- No extensive history of domestic violence including no active protective orders
- No escapes within the last 5 years or 2 escapes within the last 10 years
- No active detainers or pending charges
- Must be eligible to work in the United States
- The severity and total number of prior convictions may be a factor in determining eligibility
- No extensive history of prior misdemeanor assaults
- Institutional adjustment
- Prior supervision history
Jail or Sheriff Requested Work Release:
- Offenders must be within 2 years of their release date or anticipated release date.
- The jail will submit a request of eligibility to the DOC Offender Management Services Unit for review.
- If the offender violates the work release program, the offender will be placed back onto the list for intake into DOC in addition to facing institutional charges at the jail.
DOC Work Release:
- Offenders must be Security Level I and Class Level I (Good Time Earning Level)*
- Offenders must be within 14 months of their release date but not less than 8 months
- Currently assigned to work under unarmed supervision outside the security perimeter for 6 months and have successfully completed 6 months of work at the facility.
- If eligible, the offender must apply for work release through his or her counselor.
- If approved by the facility, the offenders’ work release request will be submitted to the DOC Offender Management Services Unit for final review
- If approved, DOC will arrange transportation for the offender to the jail for work release.
- While housed at the jail, the offender will fall under the jail’s rules and regulations.
- If the offender violates the work release program, the offender will be returned to the DOC and face possible institutional charges.