Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Janice K. Dunham
Day release is the short and temporary release of offenders from prisons and jails, usually for a specific purpose. Although day release has been called by different names in different times and places, the underlying idea is that it is neither fair nor safe to release prisoners directly into society without close supervision—supervision greater than that provided by parole or probation. Day release is the intermediate step between total confinement and conditional release. The term has been used interchangeably with work release. The two programs share the same antecedents and some of the same goals. The major difference is that day release offenders may be temporarily released from prison or jail for purposes other than work. These purposes are most often educational (e.g., vocational testing or training), although they may also be rehabilitative (e.g., life skills training, drug and alcohol counseling, workplace orientation), and in some cases are strictly humanitarian ...