Work Release

The Ada County Work Release Program allows some offenders to live in a special detention facility and be released each day to go to their jobs in the community. 

When inmates are not at work, they must be at the Work Release Center. Inmates who perform well in the program may have visits with their families in the community and may conduct personal business for three hours on Sunday afternoon. Individuals serving time in the Work Release Program must park in the parking lot directly across from the Work Release Center.

Eligibility Requirements for the Work Release Program

  • Inmates are sentenced to seven days or more
  • Job criteria:
    • Ada County or Canyon County job sites only
    • The inmate can not self employed
    • The inmate cannot have more then two job sites per day.
    • The inmate cannot have more then two jobs.
    • The inmate may work up to six days a week; no more then twelve hours per day.
    • The inmate cannot have a job anywhere the selling of alcohol is the major source of revenue.
    • Some jobs may require the use of electronic monitoring. Any inmate who works at more than one job site may be placed on electronic monitoring at the discretion of the ACSO. That cost is paid by the inmate.
    • Any changes in work schedules must be made at least twenty-four hours in advance. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office must be able to verify employment through employer and be allowed to perform an on-site job check.
  • No students unless specified by court order.
  • Court ordered classes are allowed as long as documentation can be provided
  • Rate:
    • Administrative fee $25.00. (One time fee only)
    • $25.00 a day ($175 per week). If electronic monitoring is needed, the per-week cost is $210.
    • First weeks rent plus initial fee is due prior to start date.  Rent is due every 7 days.

Work Release handbook