Work Release in the United States began in 1913 in Wisconsin. The idea was introduced by state senator Henry Huber. The program, then called the “Huber Law” was designed to allow incarcerated individuals the opportunity to work outside the correctional facility. The person would be required to go to work and return to the facility immediately after work. The individual would be required to turn over all earning to the jail administrator who managed the funds.
In Indiana, Work Release legislation was passed in 1967 which gave the Indiana Department of Correction legal authority to establish Work Release Facilities throughout the state. South Bend Work Release was the first work release facility in Indiana; established in 1971 as a contract facility in South Bend. In 1977, the Indiana Department of Corrections assumed full control of the facility and continues to oversee the facility to this day.
St. Joseph County Community Corrections DuComb Center began operations in March of 1982. This facility is one of the three oldest facilities of its type in the State of Indiana. The facility was named in honor of St. Joseph County legislator, Robert DuComb, a pioneer in Indiana’s community corrections endeavor. The facility can house 88 male clients and 20 female clients and provides stability and discipline through close supervision of all aspects of daily life. Clients in this program are required to develop social, cognitive, & life skills by attending classes, doing chores, and remaining drug and alcohol free. Correctional Officers supervise these clients 24/7 to insure order, safety, and compliance with our regulations. Breath tests are done several times daily and urine tests occur frequently. This program services high to moderate risk felony clients.