WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT JAIL DIVISION
HUBER / WORK RELEASE PROGRAM
HUBER / WORK RELEASE COORDINATOR – Corrections Officer Alex Midthun
When sentenced to a regular jail term or as part of a probationary sentence, the privilege of Huber or Work Release is given by the Court. This privilege was established by Statute so that persons confined to Jail can maintain their employment, continue to support their families, and meet other obligations.
The approval of any job is up to the discretion of the Sheriff or his representative.
All property, including lockers, located within the Jail maybe searched without permission at any time and for any reason.
All Huber/Work Release Inmates are subject to all general Jail Rules as well as Huber/Work Release Rules,
Rules and guidelines have been established to maintain an orderly and efficient operation of the Huber Section, maintain Jail Security, and to insure the safety and welfare of the inmate and staff. These Rules regulate the activities and conduct of inmates while outside the Jail. The intent is to treat all inmates as fairly as possible.
Work: Inmates are limited to one job. No combinations of work and/or school will be allowed. All Huber/Work Releases are subject to the approval of the Sheriff or his representative. No new jobs will be allowed in places where alcohol is available. No new jobs will be allowed for pulping or related types of work. Ask first if there is question of a job being allowed.
An inmate must remain in the Jail at least one day each week. For this purpose, the week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
Inmates will be allowed to work a normal eight-hour shift. Inmates who do not work a normal shift may obtain permission to expand the hours as follows:
No inmate will be allowed out of Jail for more than 55 hours a week if they work within 25 miles of the Jail or 6O hours a week if they work in an area located further than 25 miles away (includes travel time).
Inmates must be employed for at least three days each week. Inmates will be released for no less than four hours and not more than 16 hours in a day.
Inmates must have health insurance or their employer must provide them with Workers Compensation insurance. Proof of insurance must be provided to the Jail Staff prior to release.
Inmates will be allowed to work out of the County only if convicted in Wood County Court and no transfer is available to the County where the person works. To be considered for out-of-county work, inmates must have had the job before entering Jail. No new jobs or job searches will be allowed outside the County. No transfer inmates will be allowed to work out of the county. Request to work out of the County must be submitted in writing to the Jail Staff. No job sites will be in excess of 20 miles from the Wood County line unless approved by the Jail Administrator or Sheriff.
A detailed work schedule must be submitted by the inmate for the following week. Only the employer may call and change hours. No inmate will be released for work until the schedule is on file.
Inmates must go directly to and from the approved work location. Any deviation from this must be approved by the Jail Staff in advance. Inmates must be at the approved location at all times. The Jail Staff must approve any change of location. Work sites may be visited or called by Jail Staff or other law enforcement officers.
Pay stubs or copies of the paycheck will be required to be turned in by the inmate on each payday.
FEES AND PAYMENTS
All Huber Work Release inmates will be required to pay the rate set by the County Board to cover expenses incurred by the County. Inmates who work only three days per week will be charged for three days unless the inmate works thirty or more hours. This is considered full-time employment and the inmate will be charged for the full week’s fee, Inmates working more than three days per week or thirty hours or more per week will be charged the full week’s fee. All inmates must pay one week’s charges in advance. Inmates not paying will not be allowed to work. Inmates may be required to turn in their uncashed paychecks.
Inmates on job search who receive Unemployment Compensation will be required to pay for the days they go out on job search. Normal job search hours are approximately three hours once a week. If the Unemployment Office requires more than once-a-week job searches, this will be granted,
All Huber/Work Release inmates are fully responsible for any and all types of medical bills,
Lunches will be provided for inmates who miss the normal serving hours. Inmates who plan on returning before supper must notify the Jail Staff before leaving each day to insure that a hot meal is provided. No meals are saved. Inmates who are scheduled to work over two meal times will be provided with two lunches when leaving the Jail.
Medical Request (non-emergency):
Will be submitted to the staff for approval. All appointments will be made on workdays, either before, during, or after work, Jail Staff will verify all appointments. Submit the medical request as soon as possible.
Medical Request (emergency):
Notify staff immediately - the Jail Staff will assist the inmate in obtaining medical treatment,
All Huber/Work Release inmates are fully-responsible for any and all types of medical bills,
Inmates will not be released unless their bed is made and the cellblock is clean.
Inmates may schedule with jail approval Alcoholics Anonymous, doctor, or other types of counseling to occur at the beginning, end, or during the work release time period. No special releases will be granted to the inmate for these reasons.
School - Provide class schedule to Jail Staff. A reasonable travel time to and from school will be allowed and set by the Jail.
ChildCare -Will be allowed for the inmate’s own children and only if the inmate does not have a job or attend school. The hours of the childcare will be the hours needed when the other child care person is at work. Maximum hours will be the same as for work. A work schedule for the person who will be working while the inmate is performing child care services must be provided to the Jail Staff. The inmate will be restricted to the single residence at which the child care is done, unless approved by the Jail Staff.
Releases not allowed:
RETURN TO JAIL
Inmates may not possess or consume any alcoholic beverages, non-prescription controlled substances, or any item with an alcohol content (most cough syrups contain alcohol). Inmates are required to take breath, blood, or urine tests whenever a violation is suspected, at random intervals, or as ordered any time the Jail requires it.
The Jail Staff must be informed of any type of medication being taken by an inmate in advance of taking such medication. Approval of non-prescription medications must be obtained from the Jail Staff,
Inmates shall not enter any portion of the Jail unescorted unless permission is granted by the Jail Staff.
Inmates under Huber/Work Release or job search who commit or are charged with any new offense (including traffic) shall be considered in violation of Jail Rules.
Beds must be made when not in use. Cellblocks must be kept clean at all times.
G.O.A.L AT MID-STATE OR OTHER SCHOOL CLASSES
VIOLATION OF RULES
Job searches - Inmates must be sentenced by the Court with the Huber or Work Release privilege. After five days in Jail, inmates may make an application for work search. If approved, inmates will be allowed out one time each week for no longer than three hours.
Each week the inmate shall submit a request on Monday for release. The Jail Staff will schedule releases during the week. Monday releases are usually not allowed. The inmate’s probation officer may be required to approve the application before release, All Huber/Work Release rules apply. Inmates must get approval before leaving the Jail for the locations they want to stop at. Inmates shall return the completed sign out slips when returning to the Jail to verify each stop.
No new jobs will be allowed in places where alcohol is available. No new jobs will be allowed for pulping or related types of work. Ask the Jail Staff if there is question of a job being allowed.
Alex Midthun, Huber / Work Release Coordinator
Address: 400 Market St
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095
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