Work release is a jail alternatives program operated by the Sonoma County Probation Department. Following a criminal conviction, offenders receiving up to 180 day jail terms may be eligible to serve that term via work release, when referred by the Court. If accepted to work release, individuals earn credit toward their imposed term either by participating on an assigned work crew in the community or through the Sonoma County Volunteer Center. As a jail alternative, work release allows offenders to remain in the community, thereby maintaining their employment and support systems while satisfying their jail term. Approximately 800 offenders successfully participate in work release each year, serving over 200 community organizations and completing community projects.