This week, we had yet another example of the lack of common sense in the Justice system. A client was sentence to 90 days of jail with work release authorized. The client was given some 7 days to get all of his paperwork from his employer to the Sheriff’s department before he had to report to the jail. The client delivered his paperwork to the work-release program and his job was rejected. His schedule was “too flexible.” He worked in sales and had to drive to client homes rather than sit at a desk 9 to 5. So he went back to his employer and they gave him a different job, one that has him at a desk all day. The client delivered his paperwork to the work-release program and his job was accepted. On the day he reported to the jail he was not allowed to start the work-release program and instead was sent to general population. Why? The Sheriff work-release program told him after he was in jail that they believed that the Court only authorized work-release for the job he had at the time of sentencing.
Since this was a new job within the same company, the Sheriff’s department stated that the Judge needed to have authorized a JOB SEARCH in addition to work-release. The fact that he was not searching for a job but already had the job did not matter. It took the Sheriff’s Department 2 days to transport him back to the Court where the clerk said, “That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard!” Sadly, if he did not have an attorney, he may never have been allowed work release.