Work release is a sentencing alternative in Oakland County that allows a person sentenced to a jail sentence to serve that sentence from the comfort of his or her own home but monitored through a tether ankle device. This program is allowed pursuant to Michigan Compiled Law 28.1747, and is often referred to a day parole. This program is not allowed for every Oakland County jail inmate sentenced to jail for a felony or misdemeanor conviction, but only for the select few that qualify and are allowed to participate:
1. The Court must order participation in the program. The Judge is the gatekeeper – if the Court denies or does not order work release, the Defendant will not be allowed to participate.
2. The Defendant must have verifiable employment.