Our Work Release Program provides paid employment with private employers for non-violent offenders. At night, these inmates return to jail to serve their sentences.
About 50 inmates are working for local businesses each day, making around $9 an hour to help pay off their court fines. The Work Release Program collects $150,000 in child support and over $55,000 in court costs/restitution annually, which helps with our goal of easing the transition from incarceration to the community for offenders.
Norfolk Sheriff’s Office staff found nearly 200 new jobs for inmates, which the offenders can keep once they are released from custody.
Additional services provided by the Work Release Program include intensive drug treatment help at our jail, focusing on alcohol and drug rehabilitation, anger management, life skills and development. If inmates complete the 90 day course, they can get out of jail a couple months early.