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Work Release

Work Release allows qualified individuals to check in and out of the correctional facility to maintain their job. This program often allows inmates to return to a normal life after completing their sentence. This program reduces the burden on taxpayers by reducing the likelihood that the inmate will need special services or financial assistance after completing their sentence.

Eligibility criteria considered:

  • Court authorized work release
  • Drug test is negative at admission
  • No holds, pending felony court dates
  • Non-violent criminal history
  • Employment history
  • Status of current employment
  • Level of present offense
  • Residence within counties of Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, or Todd

Employment verification is required and the employer must approve the work release. Transportation is provided by the inmate. Proof of auto insurance and a valid driver’s license is required if driving. Inmate will pay the following fees:

Housing - $35.00 per day
Baseline UA fee - $40
Weekly UA fee - $10
Mantoux Test - $10 (needed only if inmate is staying longer than 14 days)

Inmates who wish to serve their sentence in Douglas County rather than the originating county may do so and should contact Douglas County Jail Programmer Randy Froemming at ph (320) 762-3038 for more information. Housing fees for such inmates are $55.00 per day, plus the above-listed UA and Mantoux fees.

The Douglas County Jail reserves the right to assign or deny Work Release to any inmate.