WORK RELEASE at the Pitkin County Jail
According to our classification guidelines, a sentenced person eligible for Work Release includes two categories. Those sentenced by the Courts to the work release program and those inmates who are granted work release status after initial incarceration in the Jail's general population.
Persons sentenced by the courts to the work release program will call the jail in advance to make arrangements with Deputy Roger Ryan and/or Deputy Andrew Rushing for an interview at 970-920-5331 for eligibility into the Work Release program. A packet including Rules and Regulations and an employer letter for work information will be given at that interview.
A short synopsis of rules for Work Release:
Prior to approval for Work Release in Pitkin County, the following must be completed:
(1) Sentencing orders must contain the wording "Work Release authorized".
(2) Other County/State sentencing orders must say "Work Release authorized in
Pitkin County". We do not accept straight time or UPS release sentences from
(3) Come to Jail for a copy of the Rules and Regulations and an Employee letter.
(4) Work Release applicants must inform the potential employer that they are in jail.
(5) An interview must be scheduled 7 or more days prior to reporting to jail. Call 920-5331.
Payment for rooms: $15 a day for Pitkin sentence, payable every week; $50 a day for all other counties/states sentences, 1/2 payment up front on reporting.
Timesheets for work are to be faxed by the employer every Friday to the Jail. Changes in work schedules must be submitted for approval. A request form may be submitted for special times other than work and mandated Court activities (AA, IOP, UPS) will be accepted / rejected on a case by case basis.
Acceptable: one week's worth of clean clothes, 2 electrical appliances (electric razor, alarm clock or small reading lamp), small cassette OR MP3 OR iPOD (no video display) OR CD player with headphones.
Unacceptable: DVD, VCR, video games(game boy's, etc), weapons including tools, over the counter or prescription drugs, cell phones, clock radios, speakers of any kind, items in glass containers, tobacco products, lighters, matches and alcohol.
Room inspections will be done daily. No room modifications are allowed.
Upon arrival at the Jail, you will be required to provide a urine sample as a baseline screen for drugs or alcohol and subject to random urine analysis (UA) throughout your stay. A portable breath test (PBT) will be required on a daily basis.