Definition of work release in English:

work release


North American
  • [mass noun] Leave of absence from prison by day enabling a prisoner to continue in normal employment.

    • ‘Regrettably, people breach parole, community service orders, work release programs, every day, just because they do not necessarily want to adhere to the discipline of the regime.’
    • ‘Oh, I got out on work release, because I was working.’
    • ‘I have work release after second block, so I get out at ten thirty.’
    • ‘By that time he had been released on work release.’
    • ‘Well, all of the material tends to indicate that work release is unlikely, in fact.’
    • ‘Examining drug offenders on work release, the Delaware study found that those who received substance abuse treatment were less likely to return to prison, saving both the state and taxpayers.’
    • ‘What we would say is that there would also be eligibility for work release much earlier than that, something like six months earlier perhaps.’
    • ‘This is followed by six months of day treatment with work release, known within the program as reentry.’
    • ‘Virtually everyone in work release has a job, often found while still incarcerated.’
    • ‘While he was on work release at the Queensboro Correctional Facility, the New York State Division of Parole continually denied Ferguson a parole.’
    • ‘She gets 48 hours, Susan McDougal, of work release every week, and then she wears a bracelet.’
    • ‘People think I got preferential treatment, but people in my position usually get work release.’
    • ‘He also ordered her to serve three months in work release followed by nine months of home confinement.’
    • ‘Or, as the production notes suggest, are they on work release?’
    • ‘The prisoners worked on the site as part of the Department of Justice's section 94 day work release program.’
    • ‘He served three years behind bars, two years on work release and two years on parole.’
    • ‘Depending on type of sentence and good behavior while incarcerated, some residents obtained work release.’
    • ‘She was granted work release and ordered to undergo an evaluation.’
    • ‘This amounts to a work release program for the ethically challenged.’
    • ‘He did not get parole, he did not get work release, he did not get home leave, he did not get so many other rights that he would have had.’


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