The director of any work release program authorized by § 53.1-131 may, subject to rules and regulations prescribed by the Board, extend the limits
of confinement of any offender participating in a work release program that is subject
to the director's authority to permit the offender a furlough for the purpose of visiting
his home or family. If such offender is participating in a work release program under the supervision
of the administrator of a regional jail and the furlough would extend the limits of
confinement of the offender to a locality not served by that regional jail, then notice
of the furlough shall be provided to the sheriff of such locality. Such furlough shall be for a period to be prescribed by the director, not to exceed
three days. The time during which an offender is on furlough shall not be counted as time served
against any sentence, and during any furlough, no earned sentence credit as defined
in § 53.1-116, good conduct allowance or credits, or any other reduction of sentence shall accrue.
Any offender who, without proper authority or without just cause, fails to remain
within the limits of confinement set by the director hereunder, or fails to return
within the time prescribed to the place designated by the director in granting such
authority, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. An offender who is found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor in accordance with this
section shall be ineligible for further participation in a work release program during
his current term of confinement.
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