Sometimes, criminal charges in Wisconsin result in convictions. Those convicted cannot always afford to lose their jobs or take time off work, even though they want to make amends for their mistakes. Learning more about work release programs could provide a viable alternative.

ConnectNetwork breaks down what a work release program is and how it works. Such options can help inmates and guilty parties maintain balance in their lives.

Legal definition

According to USLegal, a work release program is an alternative to a prison sentence. Inmates close to completing their sentences and those who desire to serve their sentence without going to jail may qualify for such a program. In both cases, qualified parties can earn a living while reducing the overall cost of keeping a person in prison or jail.

Cost of work release

Inmates and guilty parties should know the financial structuring of work release programs. Court-ordered payments and restitution are common, as are mandatory inmate savings accounts. Program participants may have a general account or child support payments to devote a percentage of earnings toward.

Additional requirements

Work release programs may require participants to undergo regular drug testing. Some programs include additional treatment and therapy. Participants could also have to attend supplementary classes to remain in good standing with a work-release program. Those interested should be clear on all program restrictions and expectations.

The right work release program could be key in keeping a person out of jail and on the right side of the law. Programs can also prove helpful in setting inmates up for success after their release from prison.