The Work Release program is designed to allow minimum security inmates the opportunity to maintain employment within the community, while satisfying their court ordered jail sanction.
The Work Detail program provides inmate labor to our community and saves taxpayers and non-profits over $500,000 annually. Additionally, our hope is to teach inmates valuable vocational skills that will assist them upon release. Some of the services provided by our work detail include: lawn-mowing and snow removal for certain governmental and nonprofit organizations in Bonneville County, litter removal from designated sections of public roadways in Bonneville County, set-up and tear-down of tables, chairs, tents, etc., as well as clean-up after many public events, assisting with special projects including the community garden, the duck race, 4th of July celebration, helping at the Idaho Falls Senior Center, small renovation and demolition projects for Bonneville County and other non-profit entities.
The Wood Court is a problem solving court much like a Drug Court. However, the Wood Court specifically focuses on helping offenders in the criminal justice system who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders and are likely to be sentenced to prison. This diversion program attempts to treat people in their respective communities and return them to the work force and independence as responsibly as possible. All participants start out in the Bonneville County Work Release program and transition to the community via supportive housing until they are able to save enough income from employment to acquire their own housing. The program takes approximately 16 months to complete.
The Veterans Treatment Court is a problem solving court that treats veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from substance use. In addition to treatment and community supervision, this program utilizes other veteran supportive services in the community that are unique to the veteran population. The duration of the program is a minimum of 12 months and successful completion can result in the dismissal of a felony charge.