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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding
Work Release

  1. What is work release?

    1. Work release is that portion of the Community Release Program that allows selected inmates to work at paid employment in the community during the last months of their confinement.

    2. Inmates must return to the Department's custody at the end of each workday. Work Release provides:
      • Gradual reintegration back into the community.
      • Gainful employment.
      • Accumulation of savings from paid employment.
      • Preservation of family and community ties.
      • Participation in self-help programs.


  2. What makes an inmate ineligible for work release?

    These inmates are ineligible to participate in the paid employment portion of the community release programs:

    1. An inmate who has been convicted of any of the following:
      1. Inmates convicted of sexual battery pursuant to s.794.011 F.S.
      2. Current or prior murder or attempt to do so conviction under Section 782.04, F.S.;
      3. Current or prior aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person or disabled adult or attempt to do so conviction under Section 782.07(2), F.S.;
      4. Current or prior aggravated manslaughter of a child or attempt to do so conviction under Section 782.07(3), F.S.;
      5. Current or prior aggravated manslaughter of an officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic or attempt to do so conviction under Section 782.07(4), F.S.;
      6. Current or prior murder of an unborn child or attempt to do so conviction under Section 782.09(1)(A)(B)(C), F.S.;
      7. Current or prior attempted murder of law enforcement officer or attempt to do so conviction under Section 784.07(3), F.S.;
      8. Current or prior making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing, or discharging any destructive device or attempt so to do, and the act results in the death of another person conviction under Section 790.161(4), F.S.;
      9. Current or prior assisting self-murder or attempt to do so conviction under Section 782.08, F.S.

    2. Inmates serving their fourth or more commitment to prison, including commitments from any other state or federal correctional agency.

    3. Any inmate found guilty of a Rule 33-601.314 4-1, violation for escape within the last five years.

    4. A current or prior conviction for escape covered by Section 945.092, F.S.;

    5. Been found guilty of any disciplinary report in the 60 days prior to placement

    6. Refused to complete or has an unsatisfactory removal from a substance abuse program that the inmate was required to complete at any point during his current period of incarceration

    7. Felony, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or misdemeanor (for other than child support) warrant or detainer;

    8. Any inmate who has a misdemeanor detainer for child support filed against him/her unless:
      1. The detaining authority, in writing, does not object to the inmate's placement and furlough participation.
      2. It can be established the detainer would be withdrawn upon payment of restitution, fines, or court costs. In addition, it appears likely the inmate will earn sufficient funds to pay the restitution, fines or court costs within the period the inmate is participating in the program.

    9. Inmates terminated from a community release program on their current commitment for a rule violation or disciplinary action.


  3. When is an inmate eligible for community work release, center work assignment (permanent party), and, community-based residential transition treatment (pre-work release)?

    An inmate must meet established criteria in order to be considered for placement in a work release center. The inmate must be in the department custody for at least 60 days and remain disciplinary report free for 60 days prior to placement and be classified as community custody. In addition, an inmate must be within the specific time frames as outlined below.

    Inmates with non-advanceable dates must be within:

    • 28 months of their earliest tentative release date for the community-based residential transition program (pre-work release)
    • 19 months of their tentative release date or presumptive parole release date for center work assignment and community-based residential substance abuse program; or
    • 14 months of their earliest tentative release date for work release

    Inmates without non-advanceable dates must be within:

    • 36 months of their earliest tentative release date for the community-based residential transition program (pre-work release)
    • 28 months of their tentative release date for center work assignment and community-based residential substance abuse program; or
    • 19 months of their tentative release date for work release


  4. How does the Department account for the money earned while in work release?

    The money inmates earn on work release is accounted for in this way:

    1. Subsistence is 55% at all work release facilities.

    2. 10% of net pay goes toward restitution or court ordered payments.

    3. 10% of net pay goes to family assistance, including child support

    4. 10% of net pay is mandatory for the inmate’s savings account.

    5. Up to $100 per week goes toward the inmate’s personal incidental, etc.

    6. The remaining goes into the inmate’s general account.


If you need more information on Work Release, then e-mail us at: central.classification@mail.dc.state.fl.us.