The Community Work Program (CWP) was designed to save the County money, free up needed jail beds, and help maintain County facilities, beaches, and parks. Under California Penal Code section 4024.2, the Sheriff is allowed to release inmates who fit a certain criteria established by the Sheriff to perform work for the county in-lieu of their jail sentence. An eight to ten hour work day is equivalent to twenty-four hours in custody. CWP opens bed space needed to alleviate overcrowding in the county jail system. Furthermore it saves on the cost of medical services, feeding, and clothing of all inmates who participate on CWP.
Participation in the CWP program is voluntary and considered a privilege. CWP allows the inmate to go home at night and be a productive member of the community. Each inmate assigned will be subject to Jail Rules and Regulations while they participate on CWP and are subject to being returned to custody for violations of such rules, regulations, and laws.
Eligibility for CWP would depend on, but not be limited to the following:
- Serving sentence in county jail
- 150 days or less remaining on sentence
- No active warrants or holds
- Medically cleared to perform manual labor
- Permanent Orange County residency
- Pay a $90.00 Administrative Fee
- Inmates cannot be in custody on sex and/or violent related charges
CWP benefits everyone involved. This program is very important to the Sheriff, the County of Orange, the tax-paying Citizens, the inmates and their families. Questions regarding CWP should be directed to the CWP office.
Office Hours: 0700-1900 Hours Mon-Sun