Work Release

Allen County Work Release

Allen County Work Release Center is a minimum-security work release facility operated by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department under IC 11-12-5-2. The center has 100 beds for a current capacity of 84 men and 16 women. ACWR is a receiving agency for both misdemeanor and felony offenders being sentenced out of Allen Superior and Circuit Courts. The program accepts federal pre-release placements and federal probation supervision violations pursuant to a contract with the US Marshals Service in addition to addressing local court referrals.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Allen County Work Release Program is to positively affect the needs of both the local criminal justice system and the individual needs of defendants. By addressing both parties, the Sheriff’s work release program serves the public by offering a safe alternative to jail or prison at a fraction of the cost of incarceration. The local community is the ultimate benefactor of our mission at work release in that by addressing the needs of the system and the defendant, local recidivism rates are positively affected.

The ACWR program is a division of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. The staff consists of a Director, business staff who are responsible for case management duties, and a compliment of corrections staff who attend the facility’s daily operations. The center offers ongoing training to further educate and train its staff in the supervision of inmate populations.

General Information

This program is restricted to voluntary participants. All prospective participants are carefully screened before acceptance. Program participants are required to sign a Behavioral Contract and adhere to stringent rules and regulations. We have a performance rated phase system for our participants. All participants wages are handled by the ACWR Staff, and all program violators are returned to jail or prison.

Program Fees:

Allen County Placement

Out-of-County Placement

Room & Board per day
$22/25% of gross


Structured treatment
Case Manager
Lifestyle training
Guidance provided to family members
12-step meetings

Careful Monitoring of Participants in the Community

Daily case management contact
Verification of participants’ activities
Alcohol testing on a daily basis
Drug testing once a week
Supervision of participants by community sponsors

Eligibility and Screening

The Allen County Work Release program carefully screens each individual being referred for placement to ensure public safety and to find individuals who will benefit most from our programming. Each referral is subjected to the following screening levels before he or she can be found acceptable for placement:

Review of instant offense

The instant offense must comply with statutory and policy guidelines to be found acceptable. Staff reviews information such as the Pre-sentence investigation, Affidavit for Probable Cause, Petition to Revoke, and Court Information for each cause number.

Criminal History

A defendant’s criminal history is carefully checked by reviewing rap sheets, criminal courts records, and booking records. The criminal history is an essential part of the screening and is the most common cause for finding a defendant ineligible. Some areas considered are the length of the criminal history, the nature of prior offenses, and the patterns of criminal history.


A very important element of the screening process is an interview conducted by staff with the defendant. A defendant is asked numerous questions in areas such as their living situation, education, family background, drug and alcohol abuse, and employment. Not only is the information being gathered important, but also the way in which defendants answer questions and the attitude in which they present themselves is also measured. This is an important indicator to the interviewer as to the possible manageability of the defendant in a work release setting.

Once the above phases are completed, the staff complies all of the information received and considers whether or not a defendant meets the legal criteria and is the desired type of candidate for programming. The court is notified of the results.

Allen County Sheriff Work Release Program

Eligibility Requirements – Part 1

Defendants included under the following categories are considered to be INELIGIBLE for placement:

By Statue:

  • Defendants disapproved by the Court
  • IC. 35-42-4
  • Rape
  • Criminal Deviate Conduct
  • Child Molestation
  • Child Exploitation and Possession of Child Pornography
  • Vicarious Sexual Gratification
  • Child Seduction or Seduction
  • Sexual Battery

IC. 35-46-1

  • Incest

By Policy:

  • Defendants disapproved by the Allen County Sheriff
  • Defendants convicted of Prostitution, or who have a history of sex offenses
  • Flight risks
  • Defendants who have extensive criminal records or who show criminal versatility in the nature of their prior offenses
  • Habitual program violators (AADP, Probation, Home Detention, Work Release, Parole)
  • Defendants who are considered to be unmanageable;

Need acute medical or psychiatric attention

  • Individual on disability or who are not able to maintain stable employment
  • Individuals who do not have legal residence, transportation, or community support
  • Individuals who are presently positive for illicit drugs
  • Defendants who have a history of violent behavior as determined by center staff
  • Level 2 Felony offenses or higher
  • Defendants convicted of dealing in a controlled substance

Eligibility Requirements – Part 2

Defendants who fall within the following guidelines and who are not listed in Part 1 are considered to be ELIGIBLE for placement:

General eligibility criteria:

  • All classes of misdemeanor offenses
  • Level 3 Felony offenses or lower
  • Felony offenses which are nonviolent offenses, and where the defendant is not made ineligible by other area listed in Part 1
  • Individuals sentenced to serve at least 30 days (60 day sentence)

Other areas of consideration:

A. Both male and female offenders are accepted
B. Work Release accepts sentenced defendants only