work release


: the practice of allowing a prisoner to work outside of the prison during the day
prisoners on work release

Examples of work release in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conditions of the probation included one year of Huber, or work release, 1,000 hours of community service and a fine of $1,000. Claudia Levens, Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2024 The judge’s order does not permit work release while in jail and requires Lietzau to complete a drug treatment program afterward. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, 12 Jan. 2024 The sentence's 14 months in county jail with work release are for a third-degree assault charge and the four years' probation are for a criminally negligent homicide charge, to be served concurrently with the jail sentence. David K. Li, NBC News, 5 Jan. 2024 An inmate vanished after walking away from a work release program, the Georgia Department of Corrections said. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 An inmate who escaped from work release in north Alabama was later found hiding in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 13 June 2023 Under the non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges and served 13 months in jail – spending most of that time on work release – and paid settlements to victims. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 4 Jan. 2024 He was sentenced to three years in Lake County Community Corrections, with day reporting or work release, according to the plea’s terms after the program accepted him. Meredith Colias-Pete, Chicago Tribune, 13 Aug. 2023 The Alabama Department of Corrections is searching for a man who escaped Saturday from a work release program in Prichard. Staff Reports, al, 29 July 2023

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“Work release.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

work release

: release of a prisoner from confinement during the day for the purpose of outside employment
work-release adjective
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