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Work Furlough

The San Diego County Probation Department does not detain adults waiting for trial or serving jail commitments. For information on who's in jail, jail locations, and jail contact information, please contact the Sheriff's Department at (858) 974-2222 or Sheriff's web site.

Work Furlough Program

The Work Furlough (“WF”) Facility is operated by Correctional Alternatives Incorporated (“CAI”) under contract with the County of San Diego and is located at 551 South 35th Street, San Diego, CA 92113. The WF facility houses both male and female county inmates. Work Furlough is a sentencing alternative for judges that allow an inmate to maintain employment while serving a custody commitment. 

Work Furlough Screening and Program Requirements

The WF facility is a community-based custodial setting that provides opportunities for a WF inmate to work and interact in the community while still under custody supervision. As such, WF inmates must show maturity and stability while both in the WF facility and the community. 

As a participant in the Work Furlough Program, inmates will be allowed to check out of the facility to go to work.  Inmates will be required to return to the facility each day as soon as the workday is completed. The majority of inmates are required to take public transportation; however, some inmates are approved to drive with proper documentation. Inmates can also attend school, religious services, and programs like SB38, First Conviction Program, Anger Management and other court-ordered counseling. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous are offered weekly on-site at the WF facility.  Inmate’s family and friends will be able to visit on the weekends at the WF facility. 

Each defendant sentenced for custody to the WF program will have his or her case reviewed on an individual basis for approval by the Probation Department's Work Furlough Oversight unit. Defendants who pose a danger to the community or do not meet employment standards will not be accepted into the program. 

All felony cases will require defense attorneys to complete an electronic screening form in order to screen a case for Work Furlough eligibility.  Attorneys please complete the Work Furlough Screening Form and submit it via e-mail to Supervisor Abigail Torres, Kim Hydorn, Anna Laudner and Denson Delapaz  Cases are only screened with attorneys and probation officers.  The Work Furlough screening officer will respond within 24 business hours of submission. The San Diego County Probation Department has the final authority over the placement of inmates into the Work Furlough Program.

The following areas of inquiry are included in the screening process for a Work Furlough commitment:

  1. Instant offense/Criminal history
  2. P.O. Sentencing Recommendation/Plea Agreement
  3. Employment
  4. Drug and Alcohol History
  5. Mental Health
  6. Citizenship- must be in United States legally
  7. Family Financial Support

Employment Criteria

Attorneys should also call Work Furlough Representative at (619) 871-1858 for assistance in determining if a candidate may meet eligibility criteria.

Inmates must be gainfully employed at least 35 hours per week in an occupation that allows on-site job checks and telephone checks by Work Furlough staff.

  • The job cannot be directly related to the instant offense.
  • The job cannot involve the use of weapons.
  • The job cannot involve access to another’s personal information (PC4017.1 - i.e. acceptance of personal checks or access to personal information such as social security numbers, banking information, etc.)
  • The inmate must be able to work legally in the United States.
  • The inmate’s job must be in San Diego County.
  • The facility operates twenty-four hours a day; therefore, we can accommodate varied work hours.
  • The maximum allowable amount of work hours is 72 hours per week (including travel time).
  • All work hours that an inmate is signed out of the facility must be actual work hours.  Inmates are not permitted to have down time between work hours while checked out of the facility (i.e. cab drivers, shuttle drivers, delivery drivers etc.) and must earn the prevailing minimum wage for each hour worked.  This also applies to commission based jobs.
  • Inmates who are self-employed must have proof of business license, 1099s, work out of an office space, have a landline etc.  If an inmate works out of their garage, it must be detached from the residence with its own landline and bathroom facilities.

Criminal History Criteria

Any defendant facing a local custody commitment may be a candidate for Work Furlough.  The presence of the following factors may result in a denial for Work Furlough:

  • Sale or transportation of large amounts of drugs or narcotics in the instant offense or a recent history of serious drug involvement or addiction
  • History of assaultive and/or violent behavior
  • History of use of a weapon
  • History of serious mental illness
  • Offenses resulting in the loss of substantial amounts of money
  • Sex offenses (a record of sex crimes will call for closer scrutiny during the screening process due to the increased risk posed to the community by sex offenders)

Financial Obligations

Each inmate is responsible for a program fee of $42.00 a day.  A payment plan will be prepared for the inmate the day he/she reports for custody. This money will be used towards the inmate’s room and board.  It is recommended the inmate bring a $300 down payment on or before the day he/she reports to the Work Furlough Program. The down payment will help him/her stay current on payments.  Should the inmate be placed on GPS or referred for treatment, he/she may be responsible for any applicable fees. 

Reporting Checklist

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