TEMPORARY RELEASE PROGRAMS
These programs allow inmates who are within two years of their earliest release date to become reintegrated back into their families and communities on a gradual basis. There are several ways to do this:
- Furlough, which allows an inmate to go home to
stay with his/her family for up to seven days to maintain family ties, look
for employment or to seek post-release housing.
- Work Release, which allows an inmate to
leave a facility for up to 14 hours in any day to work at a job in the community
or gain on-the-job training.
- Industrial Training Leave, which allows
an inmate to participate in an Industrial Training Program at designated
- Educational Release, which allows an inmate
to attend school, vocational training or college for up to 14 hours in any
- Community Service Leave, which allows an
inmate to leave the facility during the day to do volunteer work in the
community, or to attend an athletic event, cultural event or religious services.
- Leave of Absence, which allows an inmate to visit a relative who is dying or to attend a family funeral. It may also be granted for medical treatment which is not available in a Departmental facility.
To assist the inmate in preparation for his/her return to the community via the strengthening of family ties, and the obtainment of employment and housing.
To successfully reintegrate the inmate into his/her community and reduce the likelihood of future criminal activity.
The Temporary Release Program Rules and Regulations details the eligibility criteria and procedures required for approval for any Temporary Release Program.
The Temporary Release Chairperson or Offender Rehabilitation Counselor (ORC) is the facility contact person who is designated to assist staff and inmates in the utilization of Temporary Release Programs.
Inmates who are eligible can submit an application to the Temporary Release Chairperson or Offender Rehabilitation Counselor (ORC) at their facility. After a review of the individual's record and an interview, the inmate will be notified in writing if he/she qualifies for an appearance before the Temporary Release Committee (TRC).
If an inmate is approved by the TRC, the application must be submitted to the Superintendent. All cases must be sent to Central Office for final approval. Those inmates who are denied may appeal most decisions to the Director of Temporary Release Programs in Central Office.