The Florida Work Release Program provided inmates with employment opportunities before release to encourage employment and reduce recidivism after release.
The Florida Work Release Program allowed inmates to leave their work release facility and obtain paid employment in the community while completing their prison sentences. Participants were required to remain in custody of a work release center while they were not working. Through employment opportunities before release, the study reported that inmates enhanced their job skills, were reconnected with their family and community by spending time in the community (that is, if the work release includes a transfer from a distant prison to a work release facility in the inmate’s community of origin), and secured financial savings before reentry into the community. As of 2020, the Florida Work Release Program continues to offer similar services to eligible participants. Florida Department of Corrections only allowed inmates with the lowest security risk—those who were in community custody—to be eligible to participate in work release. This program served Florida inmates who completed the work release program and those who were eligible but did not participate in the work release program in state-operated and contract (private) work release centers.