Article - Correctional Services
(a) In this section, “warden” means the warden of the Dorchester County Department of Corrections.
(b) This section applies only in Dorchester County.
(c) The County Commissioners may establish under the County Department of Corrections programs for:
(1) community service;
(2) home detention;
(3) pretrial release; and
(4) work release.
(d) The County Commissioners shall adopt regulations necessary to implement each program established under this section.
(e) At the time of sentencing or at any time during an individual’s confinement, the court may allow the individual to participate in a program established under this section if the individual:
(1) is sentenced to the custody of the warden; and
(2) has no other charges pending in any jurisdiction.
(f) An inmate designated to participate in a program under this section may leave the detention center to:
(1) continue regular employment; or
(2) seek new employment.
(g) (1) The warden or warden’s designee shall collect the earnings of an inmate designated to participate in a work release program, less any payroll deduction required by law.
(2) From the earnings of the inmate, the warden shall deduct and disburse an amount that:
(i) the warden determines to be a reasonable cost for providing food, lodging, and clothing for the inmate;
(ii) the County actually incurs for necessary food, travel, and other expenses incidental to the inmate’s participation in the program;
(iii) a court imposes for a fine, cost, or restitution;
(iv) the inmate is legally obligated to pay, or reasonably wants to pay, for support of a dependent; and
(v) a court orders the inmate to repay to the State or the County for the services of an attorney appointed by the court.
(3) The warden shall:
(i) credit to the inmate’s account any remaining balance; and
(ii) dispose of the balance in the inmate’s account as the individual reasonably requests and as the warden approves.
(h) (1) If an inmate violates a trust or a condition that a court or the County Department of Corrections establishes for participation in a program under this section, the inmate is subject to:
(i) removal from the program; and
(ii) cancellation of any earned diminution of the inmate’s term of confinement.
(2) If a condition that a court imposes on an inmate is inconsistent with a regulation adopted under this section, the condition imposed by the court controls as to that inmate.
(3) If an inmate violates a trust or a condition that the court or the County Department of Corrections establishes, the County Department of Corrections shall notify the sentencing court in writing of the violation.
(i) (1) The warden or warden’s designee may authorize compassionate leave under this subsection for any inmate committed to the County Department of Corrections:
(i) to visit a seriously ill member of the inmate’s immediate family; or
(ii) to attend the viewing or funeral of a member of the inmate’s immediate family.
(2) An inmate who violates the terms of an authorization for compassionate leave is subject to the sanctions specified in subsection (h)(1) and (2) of this section.
(3) An inmate who is granted compassionate leave under this subsection may be required to reimburse the County Department of Corrections for any expenses that the Department incurs in granting the leave.
(4) The warden shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out this subsection.