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Work release allows state prisoners to seek employment in the community while completing their sentence. Lawmakers approved the first work release legislation in 1957 which limited the privilege to misdemeanors and criminals with no prior sentencing. General Assemblies of 1959 and 1963 amended the 1957 version of the law to make it more accessible and participation in the program showed great increases in 1966.
A brief outline of the history of jails and prisons from colonial era to mid-20th-century modernization of the state controlled prison system is presented. The first discussions about prisoner treatment began after the Revolutionary War. In 1868, major changes occurred with the General Assembly establishing a state prison and modifying the state constitution to limit death penalty crimes (arson, murder, rape, and burglary) and suspend all corporal punishment. By 1957, the State Prison Department was created to deal with all prisoner related matters.