Changes Coming To Inmate Work Incentive Program

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 20:06:55-04

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office has been implementing a major new change to the work incentive program for inmates that will significantly alter the credit people who have been incarcerated receive based on the work they do for the county.

For the last two decades, non-violent offenders at the Davidson County jail have been given "two for one" credit, meaning they get two days off of their sentence for every one day of work service they do, but because of overcrowding back in the 1990's, every inmate was automatically getting that credit.

Now, according to Sheriff Daron Hall, inmates will actually have to work in order to get credit toward an early release.

"We believe you should work to earn that. We’re not taking credits away from people, we just believe you should work to earn that," Sheriff Hall said.

The changes will go into effect starting August 1.