Periodic Imprisonment, also called Weekend Imprisonment, is an
alternative sentencing program in which a defendant may serve a sentence
beginning on Friday evening at 6:00pm until Sunday evening at 6:00pm. The
original premise of serving weekends was so a defendant who was gainfully
employed and had a family could continue to work and support his family
while still serving a sentence. Originally defendants who were sentenced to
serve weekends were first time offenders convicted of either traffic or
When a defendant is considered for Periodic Imprisonment, they must sign
Court documents stating that they will comply with all rules and conditions
of the program. The defense attorney then calls the Jail for a start date
for the defendant to report to the Jail. All weekender fees must be paid to
the Circuit Clerk’s Office in advance of their first weekend. This fee is
currently fifteen dollars ($15.00) a day, which is forty-five dollars
($45.00) per weekend. Most defendants serve ‘Weekends’ while on probation.
If the detainee fails to complete his/her weekend sentence he/she could be
charged with violating the terms of their probation. The program currently
has about fifteen (15) Weekenders each weekend. In FY 2004, there were 722
offenders sentenced to serve weekends for a total of 1,263 days.
Another alternative sentencing program called Work Release is a Court
ordered, minimum security, alternative incarnation program whereby
participants reside in the facility and must maintain legitimate employment
or be enrolled in an approved school. Participants are released during the
day to go to work or attend school. Their hours of release are set by the
Court and can only be modified by the Court.
These programs assist the efforts to reduce overcrowding in the jail and all
offenders are required to pay a daily fee of $15.00 to participate in the
program. In 2004 twenty-eight (28) offenders qualified for and were
sentenced to the Work Release program with a total of 535 days served.