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Work Release
General Information
In 1989 the second component of the Community Services Division was officially introduced to the Corrections Bureau with the addition of the Work Release Program and completion of the new Work Release Center. Until such time, the Division of Parole and Probation maintained the operation and supervised a maximum of 25 participants who were housed in the Detention Center. Since inception, the Frederick County Work Release Program has evolved on the principles of maintaining public safety within local communities. The Program is a structured drug and alcohol free operation with a "no tolerance" in approach for substance abuse. The basic concept of the Work Release Program is to allow offenders, who are employed at the time of
Work Release 
sentencing, to maintain their jobs in the community, pay program costs and continue to lend financial support to the family. The participants must provide their own means of transportation to and from employment and are virtually held accountable for maintaining total compliance to the program guidelines. Work Release is an effective alternative to incarceration as it presents an extreme cost benefit to the taxpayers of Frederick County by assuring that allocated tax dollars are administered appropriately. The Work Release Center currently provides dormitory style housing for a maximum of 128 offenders.

The Frederick County Work Release Program is authorized under Correctional Service Codes, Section 11-712 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.