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PPS Work Release Program
THE WORK RELEASE PROGRAM
Congratulations! – Welcome to the Philadelphia Prison System Work Release Program.
The Work Release Program is a therapeutic community and self-supporting program. Individuals participating in the program can keep the employment they had prior to incarceration, or obtain new employment and continue to provide for their families.
The Program generates an attitude for success and offer you, the participant, the much needed programs through mentorship.
You will be monitored for drug and alcohol use. So bear in mind, if you are not willing to develop a concept and disposition for change, then you will not receive the full benefits that this program offers and you will be deemed inappropriate for continued participation in this program.
Work Release Program Mission Statement
The program allows you the opportunity to acquire a GED, earn and save income and provide continued financial support to families. The program allows you the opportunity to seek or continue therapeutic activities.
Once admitted into the WRP, the participant’s progress is marked in four (IV) phases. The WRP Review Committee monitors these phases. The committee meets to review a participant’s progress in cases where the participant requests promotion to a higher phase or he/she has committed an infraction of the work release rules or PPS regulations.
Phase 1: Consists of the participant’s first forty-five (45) days in the program. During this time, the participant must either be employed or be actively seeking employment. If the participant successfully remains employed for two weeks and remains in compliance with the rules of the program, the participant may be granted a five (5) hour pass every other week. After two (2) five hour passes, the participant may be granted a seven (7) hour pass every other week.
During Phase I, an employer is required to mail the participant’s paychecks to the cashier of the work release program. The participant may not receive his/her pay directly. The money is placed into the participant’s account, the funds are dispersed for that individual’s personal needs, and assessed room and board costs are deducted. Some participants may be approved to receive their paycheck through electronic debit access. They would be responsible for paying their room and board, and obtaining travel and meal allotment. In addition, all participants are encouraged to participate in the therapeutic and/or court stipulated activity as part of the phase promotion system. During Phase I status, participants are not permitted to work more than (40) hours per week. Work Release participants are not allowed to work (7) consecutive days in a week. They must have at least one day off.
Participants who are “Self-employed” are required to have the following in place before they are allowed to continue their employment; a $500.00 deposit, a current business license, two years worth of income tax forms, and current insurance.
Phase II: The participant receives their own paycheck, is responsible for paying their own room and board, and is responsible for obtaining tokens and/or a trans-pass for their own means of transportation to/from work/or to their approved destinations, such as community activity. An participant may be granted one twelve (12) hour pass every other weekend, and be permitted to work up to sixty hours a week. Participants are encouraged to open up a bank account as part of promoting financial responsibility. After thirty (30) days as a Phase II without any inmate misconducts or violations of the WRP rules and regulations, participants are allowed to proceed to the next level as a Phase III. Also at this phase level, candidates are being evaluated for the GPS program.
Phase III: The 3rd Phase of the program is substantially the same as Phase II, except that the participant may receive weekend furloughs every other week and one twelve (12) hour pass on the intervening weekends.
All participants s assigned to the program must maintain full-time employment or school.
Once appropriate identification has been received, the Work Release Participant may utilize the Resource Room to assist with Job Search. The Work Release Participant may also seek assistance with employer contact, résumé’s and educational and vocational programs. Participants may enroll in a community college and or a University, approved by the Work Release Program Director. All information will be verified by the social work staff.
Participants attending school are not required to pay room and board, however the participant must provide their own carfare and lunch funds. These funds must be in the participant’s account prior to the start of classes and should cover the cost of lunch and transportation for at least two (2) months. The participant is responsible to have sufficient funds at all times in their account. The Work Release Program does not provide nor assist with funding.
Program staff will assist you in finding an appropriate job placement. The job may be one you held prior to your incarceration or a new one. Your employer or school administrator must agree to cooperate with the Work-Release Program requirements and to support you in complying with the Program’s Rules and Regulations. If you are earning income at a job, you must pay room and board to the PPS
The following programs are available for WRP participants.
Drug and Alcohol: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Structured Group Interaction. Educational: GED, Hooked-on-Phonics or another literacy program, Life Skills, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management and a Book Club. Motivational: Family Reunification, Parenting, Rebound, and other community/ faith based programs. Job Readiness: resume preparation, interviewing techniques, interpersonal skills and job retention. Employment: Steady gainful employment indicates that participants are displaying interpersonal skills in the work place.
Most of the Work-Release activities are sponsored by community organizations, while others are participant-driven. Community-based organizations have been instrumental and critical in the fight against recidivism. Participant-driven activities are on the rise, such as discussions, whenever possible the sharing of information and experiences within groups
Work Release Resource Center
Located on the second floor of the 600 University Avenue is the WR Resource Center (WRRC). It should be pointed out that the physical location of the WRRC is right in the center of the building and between space occupied by both Security staff and Social Service staff. The WRRC at this point has proven to be a monumental resource by bridging the gap between both above-referenced disciplines, and most importantly, for the betterment of the WRP and its’ participants.
This Center is intended to be multifunctional. The individual needs of the participants can be identified and addressed. Individual needs include, but are not limited to, how to fill out job applications, prepare resumes, interviewing techniques and sessions in job retention.
Unemployed WRP participants are encouraged to seek employment. It is the Program’s purpose to provide services comparable to those offered by outside employment agencies. The WRRC will provide access to potential employers through on-line applications, classified ads and employer tickler files. All must have monies in their Inmate Account prior to being allowed to interview in the community.
The Work Release Program has encountered participants, who are self-employed. Self-Employed have their own established business generating income Independent Contractors, who receive on hourly rate from their employers, are subject to the same rules as any other WRP employee. For example 40hrs per week board is determined by sliding scale.
Prior to commencing employment, the self-employed participant must have $500.00 in their inmate account. A money order in the amount of $250.00 must be mailed every Friday to establish proof of income. After the first two money orders have been received, the participant may use funds from the account, maintaining a balance of $500.00. Room/Board for self-employed participants is $75.00 per week and is automatically deducted from their inmate account. They are required to provide their own carfare and lunch funds. Self-employed participants are permitted to work fifty (50) hours per week either Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday.
INTAKE PROCEDURES - ORIENTATION
Medical / Behavioral Health Screening
Work Release Intake Process
Once completed the work release participants may provide the social worker with his/her employment information, if applicable. The social worker will contact the employer for an exchange of information.
The participant, during this interview process may dialogue with the social worker to obtain clarity in reference to procedures, rules and/or regulations.
Pre-Accelerated Work Release Inmate Intake Procedure
ONE SHOT DEALS
All newly admitted work release inmates are able to receive a“One Shot Deal”. “One Shot Deal” is a list of permissible items that a family member(s) or significant other(s) is allowed to bring to you at one time.
At Mod 3, you must be scheduled by the social services staff for an interview and/or continuance of your employment to receive your “One Shot Deal”. Once confirmed, you will be allowed to submit a memorandum stating your needs. A copy of your memorandum will be given back to you. All 600 WRP inmates will be allowed to have their “One Shot Deal” shortly after their admission to the facility.
The one shot deal must include for men, at least one dress button down shirt and at least two ties. For women, a skirt suit, dress or pant suit. These items are to be worn on all interviews.
One Shot Deals are Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. All items are to be brought to the work release trailer or center control at 600 University.
One Shot Deal Permissible Items
Pay-phones are located at the WRP (600 University Ave). Mod 3 and the Cannery have access to PPS phones services.
DUI Treatment Court Work Release participants are not permitted home passes. However, they will be permitted one (1) hourly weekly visit.
FROM THE WARDENS DESK~
8101 State Road
Phone: (215) 685-8730