Article - Correctional Services
(a) This section applies only in Allegany County.
(b) (1) The Sheriff may:
(i) establish a pretrial release program that offers alternatives to pretrial detention; and
(ii) adopt regulations to administer the program.
(2) A court may order an individual to participate in the pretrial release program if the individual:
(i) appears before the court after being charged and detained on bond; and
(ii) meets the eligibility requirements of paragraph (4) of this subsection.
(3) The court may make the order at the imposition of bond, on review of bond, or any other time during the individual’s pretrial detention.
(4) An individual is eligible for the pretrial release program if the individual:
(i) is recommended to the court for placement in the program by the program staff;
(ii) has no other charges pending in any jurisdiction; and
(iii) is not in detention for:
1. a crime of violence; or
2. the crime of escape under § 9-404 of the Criminal Law Article.
(c) (1) The Sheriff’s Department may:
(i) establish and direct a work release program; and
(ii) adopt guidelines for the operation of the program.
(2) (i) At the time of sentencing or at any time during an inmate’s confinement, the sentencing judge may order that the inmate participate in the work release program, subject to the guidelines adopted by the Sheriff.
(ii) If the sentencing judge is unable to act at the time of an inmate’s petition for work release, another judge of the committing court may order that the inmate participate in the work release program.
(3) In ordering an inmate to participate in the work release program, the court may allow the inmate to leave actual confinement to:
(i) work at gainful, private employment;
(ii) seek gainful, private employment; or
(iii) participate in an educational, rehabilitative, or training program in the county.
(4) Unless the committing court directs otherwise, an inmate shall be confined in the detention center when not participating in the work release program.
(5) (i) The Sheriff or the Sheriff’s designee shall collect the earnings of an inmate in the work release program, less payroll deductions required by law.
(ii) From the earnings of the inmate, the Sheriff shall deduct and disburse:
1. an amount determined to be the cost to the county for food, lodging, and clothing for the inmate;
2. the actual cost of necessary food and travel and other expenses incidental to the inmate’s participation in the program;
3. any amount a court imposes for a fine, cost, or restitution;
4. any amount that the inmate is legally obligated or reasonably desires to pay for support of a dependent; and
5. if applicable, any amount that a court orders the inmate to repay to the State or to the county for the services of an attorney appointed by the court.
(iii) The Sheriff shall:
1. credit to the inmate’s account the remaining balance; and
2. dispose of the balance in the inmate’s account as the inmate reasonably requests and as the Sheriff approves.
(6) If an inmate violates a trust or a condition that a judge or the Sheriff establishes for conduct or employment, after an administrative hearing that upholds the violation, the inmate is subject to:
(i) removal from the work release program; and
(ii) cancellation of any earned diminution of the inmate’s term of confinement.
(d) (1) The Sheriff shall:
(i) establish and administer a home detention program; and
(ii) adopt regulations for the program.
(2) At the time of sentencing or at any time during an individual’s confinement, the sentencing judge may allow an individual who is convicted of a crime and sentenced to imprisonment to participate in the home detention program.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4) of this subsection, an inmate is eligible for the home detention program if the inmate:
(i) is recommended for the program by the sentencing judge; and
(ii) has no other charges pending in any jurisdiction.
(4) An inmate is not eligible for the home detention program if the inmate:
(i) is serving a sentence for a crime of violence; or
(ii) has been found guilty of the crime of:
1. child abuse under § 3-601 or § 3-602 of the Criminal Law Article; or
2. escape under § 9-404 of the Criminal Law Article.
(5) While participating in the home detention program an inmate is responsible for:
(i) the inmate’s medical care and related expenses; and
(ii) costs of lodging, food, clothing, transportation, restitution, and taxes.
(6) The Sheriff may:
(i) collect a reasonable fee from each inmate participating in the home detention program; or
(ii) waive or reduce the fee.
(7) The Sheriff may determine the maximum number of inmates that may participate in the home detention program.
(8) An inmate who knowingly violates a term or a condition of the home detention program is subject to the penalties provided under § 11-726 of this subtitle and other disciplinary action provided by law.