Inmates
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Business owners can hire Norfolk City Jail inmates as part of our Work Release program.  Your business can help inmates rise above, and become productive members of our community. Inmates are currently working in several local businesses from restaurants, construction to shipyards. Sheriff McCabe’s program has been a great success for more than 20 years, and he’s always looking to create new partnerships.

Businesses can receive a $2,400 to $9,000 tax break for keeping an inmate employed full time for two years.

  • Inmates are all non-violent offenders; for example, many are serving time for not paying child support.
  • About 50 inmates work for local businesses daily, making around $9 an hour to help pay off their court fines.
  • In fact, our Work Release Program collects $150,000 in child support and about $55,000 in court costs annually, helping offenders re-enter society with less debt.
  • Inmates choose to participate in the program because of the opportunity for a second chance.
  • Business owners can select their inmates.  If you are not satisfied with their work, we can select another inmate. 
  • Deputies nominate inmates based on their good work ethic in our Work Force program (i.e. shoveling snow for the City or cleaning Scope).
  • Inmates will not be late because deputies drop them off at work, and pick inmates up to return to jail at night.  
  • You do not have to pay workers compensation if inmates are injured on the job.

*You must have a business license, and your business must be within our travel area.

For more information, contact our Community Corrections Director Mike O’Toole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • 811 E. City Hall Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23510

  • (757) 664-4700

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