Section 45-35-232.20Work release for gainful employment conducive to rehabilitation.
A person who has been sentenced or committed to the county jail in Houston County, from a city court, district court, circuit court, or other court with appropriate jurisdiction, under a criminal sentence, including a person sentenced to a state prison or into the custody of the Department of Corrections who has been deemed not to be a threat to the community and who has not been transferred to a Department of Corrections’ facility may be released at the discretion of the sentencing court, either on its motion or upon the motion of the defendant, at the time of sentence or at any time during the term of sentence, for the purpose of obtaining and working at gainful employment or for other purposes as the court may deem conducive to rehabilitation, for such time or intervals of time and under the terms and conditions as the court may order. Any part of a day spent outside of jail under a release order shall be counted as a full day toward serving the sentence, unless otherwise provided by the court. In no event shall the number of days of confinement exceed the number of days of the original sentence. If a person violates the terms and conditions laid down for his or her conduct, custody, and employment, the person shall be returned to the sentencing court. The court may then require that the balance of the person’s sentence be spent in actual confinement and may cancel any earned reduction of the term.
(Act 93-693, p. 1324, §1.)