Work Release

About
About
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​​​ ​The Alachua County Work Release Program is a minimum-security detention facility that allows sentenced adult offenders to work in the community, contribute to the cost of their incarceration and pay financial obligations to the Court.
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Population Served
Population Served

​Work Release participants are sentenced adult offenders who, in lieu of incarceration at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Jail, are granted extended limits of confinement.

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Eligibility
Eligibility

​All applicants are screened for admission and must receive judicial approval to enter the program. Offenders who have a history of escape, sex offenses, excessive violence, arson or unresolved mental health problems are not appropriate for Work Release. Applicants must volunteer and desire to participate in the Work Release Program. They must have a state of Florida ID or driver’s license, a Social Security card, and be physically able to maintain employment. They must be sentenced, but may be employed or unemployed. Unemployed applicants must enter the program with a minimum of 60 days remaining on their sentence after credit for time served and earned gain time. Applicants can be pre-screened by a Court Services Centralized Screening Team (CST) staff member to determine eligibility prior to sentencing. Applicants with verified full time employment will be considered if they have a minimum of 30 days remaining on their sentence.

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Resident Supervision
Resident Supervision

​Residents remain at the Work Release Facility unless they are at an approved job site, seeking employment, attending treatment or participating in another staff approved activity.

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Behavior-Based Therapeutics
Behavior-Based Therapeutics

​The program uses a behavior-based privilege system that encourages self-responsibility and accountability. Minor infractions of the rules result in sanctions and restrictions; conversely, responsible behavior can earn extra privileges. Residents are required to participate in cognitive behavioral based group sessions and substance abuse treatment, when screening identifies a need. They may also attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on a voluntary basis at the Work Release Facility.

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Substance Dependency Treatment
Substance Dependency Treatment

​The Balance 360 Treatment Component is a 28-day program consisting of psycho-educational activities and therapy designed to help clients address lifestyle issues that have been neglected during addiction. The substance abuse curriculum, which focuses on Relapse Prevention, consists of 12 core lessons that address key lifestyle, relationship and emotional issues. The Department of Children and Families has licensed this treatment program. The program’s capacity will serve a maximum of 15 residents per 28-day cycle.

False
Fees
Fees

Work Release participants pay 50% of their gross income (minus taxes) for room and board.

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Contact:

  • Diane Harrington
  • B360 Clinical Supervisor
  • 3371 NE 39th Avenue
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Phone: 352-491-4570
  • Fax: 352-491-4542
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Virginia Hendricks
  • Work Release Supervisor
  • 3371 NE 39th Avenue
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Phone: 352-491-4570
  • Fax: 352-491-4542
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
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