Work Release Employment


Once an offender becomes eligible and is officially placed in the Work Release Program, he or she reports to the Vocational Section Office each morning for authorized schedules to seek employment in the community. When the offender finds employment, a member of the vocational staff and the employer will complete an Employer's Work Agreement. This agreement covers all rules and regulations governing the offender's employment while on work release. An inmate is allowed to work 12 hours per day, 6 days per week, and must have at least one day off. An inmate must work a minimum of 36 hours a week.

Community Work Agreement

The offender is issued a Community Work Agreement (CWA). The hours of travel, destination, departure time and return time are in the CWA as well as other pertinent information about employment and community-based programs and activities. Copies of the CWA are sent to the law-enforcement jurisdiction in which the offender works and to the sentencing judge. The Sheriff's Office, through on-site job checks and frequent telephone calls to the employer, closely monitors offenders in the Work Release Program. Any violations of the policies and procedures by offenders is cause for immediate removal from the program, and the offender will be returned immediately to the confines of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

EMPLOYERS: Are you interested in hiring a work release inmate? Download a Community Work Agreement form.

Offender Payment

Virginia Code 53.1-131 requires that all offenders in a Work Release Program pay a portion of their earnings to defray costs of their room and board. Additionally, all work release offenders pay for their own travel and other such expenses made necessary by the offenders' employment or participation in an educational or rehabilitative program, any fines, restitution, or costs ordered by the court, and any court ordered support payments. All funds collected from room and board obtained through the Work Release Program and the Electronic Incarceration Program go into the General Account Fund for Fairfax County. These two programs generate approximately $350,000 for the fund each year.

Offender Savings

A mandatory savings program also is one of the objectives of the Work Release Program. This program gives an offender a chance to prepare for release by placing a set amount of funds into a savings account, which is released to the offender upon completion of his or her sentence.

Drug/Alcohol Testing

All work-release offenders are tested frequently for narcotics and alcohol each time they return to the center from work or a treatment program.

For further information or questions regarding the Sheriff's Office Work-Release Program, please contact a member of the Vocational Section staff at 703-246-2206, TTY 711.

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