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Brenda Vose

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Chapter 7: Furlough and Work-Release Programs

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Furlough and Work-Release Programs
Furlough and work-release programs

In 2007, 751,593 offenders were admitted to state and federal penitentiaries. The same year, 725,402 offenders were released from state and federal penitentiaries. The influx of offenders into prisons and subsequent release of offenders into communities creates a unique set of challenges for policymakers, criminal justice practitioners, offenders, and communities. As such, the criminal justice system has developed a myriad of supervision options, referred to as the continuum of care, to manage the offender population nd help offenders transition back into the community setting.

Furlough and work-release programs are one piece of the corrections continuum of care, designed for offenders nearing the completion of their criminal sentence. The purpose of these programs is to supervise offenders while providing an ...

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