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Work Release: What Is It? Who Gets It?

What it is:

A work release is permission to leave the jail facility unsupervised for a maximum of 12 hours a day, six days a week, to attend work or school.

How is this different from work furlough? Work furlough is a more restrictive program that is supervised by detention officers and requires the participation of your employer. This program requires you pay a portion of your wages as program fees.

Who gets it:

Anyone who is employed or attends school and has been convicted of a misdemeanor DUI is eligible. However, you are not eligible if you have a violent criminal history (this includes domestic violence) or a history of escaping from or attempting to evade law enforcement.

The Legal Jargon: Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 28-1381 and § 28-1382.

A.R.S. § 11-441(F) allows the sheriff of the County where you are incarcerated to require any prisoner who is on work release to reimburse the county for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with such release.

A.R.S. § 11-459.

If you have been charged with a DUI call the Arizona Criminal Defense Attorneys at Oracle Law Group Office.