Work Releases

The Alachua County Work Release Program is a minimum security detention facility that allows sentenced offenders to work in the community, pay financial obligations to the court, and contribute to the cost of their incarceration.

Population Served

Sentenced adult offenders detained at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Department of the Jail.


All applicants must be screened and approved for admission. Offenders who have a history of escape, sexual charges, excessive violence, arson, or unresolved mental health problems are not appropriate for work release. Applicants must volunteer and desire to participate in the Work Release Program. Sentenced applicants must have at least 60 days remaining on their sentence.

Admission to the Program

All potential clients must be screened by a Work Release representative; therefore, persons are not to be sentenced directly to the Work Release Program. The screening appointment may be made directly by the applicant, or through the applicant's attorney. Applicants incarcerated in the Alachua County jail can contact the program by completing a "Work Release Application Form" at the jail. If an incarcerated applicant meets admission criteria, an Extended Limits of Confinement (ELOC) order is generated by the Work Release staff for the approval of the case judge.

Other Relevant Information

The Work Release Program is an alternative to more restrictive and more costly confinement. Participants pay restitution, child support, fines, and other court ordered assessments. Victims benefit when restitution is paid. Taxpayers benefit because it is less expensive than housing inmates at the jail. Program participants benefit because the program promotes responsible behavior, development of a work ethic, and maintenance of community ties, as well as allowing access to individual, group and substance abuse counseling. Participants also benefit by having an opportunity to build up the finances they will need when they make the transition back into the community.


Work Release participants pay 50% of their gross pay minus taxes for room and board.

For More Information

  • Joe Lipsey
  • Assistant Director
  • 3371 NE 39th Avenue
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Phone: 352-491-4570
  • Fax: 352-491-4542