(1) Work release is a rehabilitation
component of the Department's operation. Each inmate assigned to Work Release
is selected and approved by the Commissioner or designee. Each inmate assigned
to Work Release who fails to fully comply with any of the stipulated conditions
concerning Work Release rules, regulations, policies, procedures, or special
conditions shall be required to appear before a Disciplinary Committee hearing,
if charged with a disciplinary infraction. The Committee shall determine
whether or not the allegation is sustained and shall recommend to the
Warden/Superintendent whether or not the Work Releasee should be removed from
the Work Release Program. The Warden/Superintendent may otherwise move an
inmate from a Work Release designated facility if there is sufficient
indication that he/she is endangering or jeopardizing the safe and orderly
operation of the Work Release Program and/or the operation of the designated
facility. Such an inmate shall be returned to the general population by way of
assignment to an institutional facility. Such removal applies to all inmates
assigned to Work Release designated facilities including those referred by the
State Board of Pardons and Paroles and those inmates assigned to maintenance
and other special assignments.
(a) Inmates assigned to Work
Release positions remain in the absolute custody of the Commissioner of
Corrections. Any inmate who willfully or deliberately absconds is considered to
have escaped from custody. Such incidents shall be dealt with as required by
(b) Necessary safeguards and
security considerations shall be applied.
(c) Willful negligence or misconduct by a
Work Releasee shall be considered cause for removal from the program.
(d) Conduct which is prejudicial to continued
community acceptance and support of the Work Release Program shall be
considered cause for withdrawal of the privilege.
(a) Work Release employment does not
constitute nor imply a contractual agreement between the State of Georgia or
the Department of Corrections and the employer, even though certain mutual
responsibilities exist as a result of the nature of the Work Release
of an approved Work Releasee to a Work Release Center or Institutional Work
Release activity, a compatible civilian job will be sought by the Work Release
1. Each job offer shall be investigated
to assure that the proposed job is consistent with the goals and procedures of
the Work Release program.
Positions obtained shall not be at the expense of reducing essential civilian
Coordination shall be achieved with local union and/or employment officials to
preclude an adverse impact on civilian employment.
4. Work Releasees shall not be employed as
strike breakers or in positions where their presence would evoke serious
adverse public reactions.
Exploitation of Work Releasees by employers shall be avoided.
6. Employers shall be provided a written
statement explaining the objectives of the Work Release Program and how it is
administered. At the same time, they shall be provided written information as
to the conditions and limitations imposed on the Work Releasee.
(a) Compensation of Work Releasees shall be
no less than that comparable to other similarly skilled workers engaged in such
work in the same employment area and under similar circumstances.
(b) Each Work Releasee shall be required to
execute all administrative forms and/or releases required by applicable
Department of Corrections and institutional rules, regulations and
(c) Work Releasees
initially shall be required to deposit all earnings with institutional
authorities and shall be assisted by Work Release program administrators and
counselors in creating and adhering to a budget tailored to the releasee's
(d) Each working
inmate in a Work Release Program shall have an amount equal to the cost of the
inmate's keep and confinement deducted from his/her earnings. Said deductions
will be paid to the State treasury for inmates housed in a Department of
Corrections facilities and paid into the treasury of the county for inmates
assigned to a country correctional institution. The cost of the inmate's keep
and confinement shall be determined by the Department of Corrections.
(a) A Work Releasee residing in a Work
Release Center may be required to wear civilian style clothing suitable to the
situation at the Center or to the releasee's employment.
(b) Work Releasees residing in a State or
County Institution, although authorized to wear civilian type attire suitable
to their employment while at or traveling to and from their jobs, may be
required to wear regular institutional clothing while at the institution
Inmates in Work Release may be eligible to earn weekly passes
not to exceed 12 hours in length and as in accordance with procedures
established by the Commissioner of the Department of
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 125-3-6-.04
Ga. Constitution 1983,
Art. IX, Sec. I, O.C.G.A. Secs.
Rule entitled "Operating
Assets" adopted as R. 415-3-6-.04. F. Nov. 14,
1984; eff. Dec. 4, 1984, renumbered as R.
June 28, 1985; eff.
July 20, 1985, as specified by
Amended: F. Dec. 2,
2004; eff. Dec. 22, 2004.