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Old 05-11-2020, 01:18 PM
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Default 6 mos. Work Release + 6 mos. Home Incarceration = Release?

So I'm pretty familiar with both Indiana and Kentucky releases. This is my first time dealing with Washington state releases.

My penpal is telling me some things that don't seem to make sense. I want to be clear I don't think he's intentionally misleading me as I'm unfamiliar with the program so I thought I'd ask for a second opinion.

From what he's told me at approximately 1 year prior to his scheduled release he will go to "work release" automatically. Then after completing 6 months on work release he'll have 6 months on house arrest to do.

Could someone chime in and clarify for me what work-release is in Washington? Neither Indiana or Kentucky have that...you only have re-entry classes that you have to complete before you are released, then when your number is up you're shown the door.

In Indiana and Kentucky you can apply to go to what is often called a halfway house. Pretty strict rules, you can only leave to seek employment or work a job. Curfews, random drug testing, scheduled visits, dorm style housing mostly and as always there have to be beds available and you can't have a violent charge. Most folks prefer to be homeless rather than be released into that program.

Any insight or thoughts? Am I totally missing something? Any input is appreciated.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:38 PM
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Here's an article by WAreentryguide.org that explains the work release program.

and an index page with links about work release posted by DOC.wa.gov

and a Yakima Herald newspaper article that explains the locations of the 16 work release sites in Washington, the qualifications, and the $71.18 per day cost to each "worker".
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Work release and Graduated Re Entry/GRE (home confinement) are totally separate. They can run together but are applicants are screened separately. Neither is automatic nor guaranteed.

In Washington, in work release they are still considered inmates. The work releases are managed by DOC staff. The links fb provided are a bit dated but still have some decent info.
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