Work Release

Victim reparation and restoration, community service, education and employment should be an integral part of any community corrections system.

Preparation for release should begin early in the period of incarceration.

Each individual should have a comprehensive re-entry plan, developed through a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach. The plan should address employment, housing, and continuity of care for health, addictions, and mental health needs along with supervision conditions and requirements.

Individuals who may qualify for state or federal benefits should be identified prior to release, and pre-qualified for those benefits when possible.

Work release and half-way house setting support a gradual and supported return to community living. Halfway houses provide the greatest benefit for those with multiple needs, the fewest resources, and/or the highest risk to recidivate.

Job programs for offenders that address not only vocational skills, but also address motivation and attitude have been more successful at improving employment during re-entry.