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Work Release

Adult offenders sentenced to serve time in the Dakota County Jail may be released for specified hours, with approval, in order to maintain current employment. The sentencing judge determines eligibility for work release.  An offender must complete a WorkReleaseApplication.pdfWork Release Application to be considered for the program. 

Corrections’ staff verifies employment status and work hours, then do spot compliance checks. 

Male offenders
Male offenders are housed in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings and must have valid transportation to and from the jail.  For more information, call 651-438-8258, and then press 1, or email

Female offenders
Female offenders are housed in the Ramsey County Jail and must comply with Ramsey County Work Release rules and procedures.  For more information on the Ramsey County Work Release program, call 651-266-1400

Program payment
Work Release costs $25 per day. An initial payment of $175 (7 days of Work Release) must be paid upon the program start and weekly thereafter. There are also additional jail fees upon entry, contact the Jail for additional information. For more information on this program, call 651-438-8258 and then press 1, or email

Last updated: 12/23/2014 3:49 AM