Work Release Program

The St. Charles County Department of Corrections (SCCDOC), in cooperation with the 11th Judicial Circuit Court, allows sentenced inmates to be placed in a court-ordered work release program. Placement in the program is the statutory responsibility of the courts under Revised Missouri Statute, 221.170.

Requirements of the Program
Individuals placed in the work release program are required to pay room and board in the amount of $30 per day or $210 per week. Payments must be made on a weekly basis and needs to be in the form of a money order or cashier’s check payable to the St. Charles County Department of Corrections. Payment may also be made by credit card by calling 888-604-7888 and using pay location 5135. Work release participants are also required to pay for their room and board 1 week in advance at all times.

Work Release Services
Work release participants are provided with the same items that all individuals receive upon completion of the booking process. Laundry services for SCCDOC issued inmate / detainee clothing, bedding and linen items will be provided on a regular basis. Sack / bag meals are provided for individuals who are not present at the facility during normally scheduled mealtimes. Participants must ask the officer on duty to add the participant’s name to the “sack meal” list that is provided to the kitchen on a daily basis.

Work release participants must adhere to the Work Release Order as written by the courts. Work release participants must return to court for any changes / additions.

Items Available to Work Release Participants
The following items may be brought into the facility by an individual sentenced to participate in the SCCDOC work release program:
  • Five changes of clothing
  • One wind up alarm clock (no electric clocks or clock radios)
  • Personal hygiene items (only new and unopened in clear plastic containers)
  • One plastic / disposable razor or 1 electric shaver
  • Five paperback books or magazines (limit of 5 books / magazines total in possession at any given time while incarcerated)
  • One Bible or similar religious book
  • One hair dryer
  • Cash (cannot exceed $100)
Failure to comply with the above listed regulated quantities or type of items may constitute a rule violation and may subject the work release participant to removal from the program and reassignment to the general inmate population .

Forbidden Items
Certain items are expressly forbidden from being brought into the work release facilities. Possession of or attempts to introduce any of the below listed items into the work release facilities may constitute a rule violation and may subject the work release participant to removal from the program and reassignment to the general inmate population . Additionally, the court of jurisdiction will be notified of the violation and a report forwarded to the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review and consideration of charges. Listed below are specific forbidden items:
  • Cell phones
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Pagers
  • iPods or similar devices
  • iPads / tablets or similar devices
  • CD’s or CD players
  • Electronic gaming system (Nintendo / PlayStation / etc.)
  • DVD’s or DVD players
  • Laptop computers
  • Musical Instruments
  • Food items not purchased through SCCDOC Commissary
  • Personal towels / wash cloths / pillows / blankets / bed sheets
  • Cigarettes / cigars / smokeless tobacco / e-cigarettes
  • Cigarette lighter or any instrument capable of producing a flame
  • Alcohol (for consumption or medicinal purposes)
  • Aerosol containers containing a propellant capable of producing a flame
Items below are items that will automatically result in the participant’s removal from the work release program and placement in the inmate general population:
  • Possession of or attempted introduction of any weapon(s),which includes firearms, explosives, knives, batons or any other items readily capable of inflicting injury upon another person. Compliance with this provision is required regardless whether the work release participant possesses a Concealed Carry Permit issued through the State of Missouri or not.
  • Possession of or attempted introduction of any quantity of any illicit drugs/chemicals/synthetics to include but not limited to marijuana; bath salts; cocaine; methamphetamine (LSD, PCP, "spice", "K2", mushrooms, etc.) or associated paraphernalia (spoons, pipes, syringes, needles, etc.)
  • Possession of or attempted introduction of any medications that are not specifically prescribed to the work release participant and in compliance with the time frame for which the medication was prescribed. All medications must be in a standard, pharmacy-issued bottle with an attached label that includes the patient's name, name and #mgs (strength) of medication, physician's name and dosage information.