June 9, 2023

Work Release Hero

New England Cheats Snowplow GameDeflate-gate is the dominant storyline heading into Super Bowl XLIX which brought to mind another New England Patriot game where there is indisputable video evidence of the New England Patriots gaining an unfair competitive advantage over their opponent.  In December 1982, on a snow covered field, Miami and New England had struggled to a zero-zero tie when late in the game New England’s coach (Ron Meyer) and quarterback (Steve Grogan) encouraged a work release inmate standing on the sidelines to jump on a John Deere 314 tractor with a 4’ brush on the front to brush the snow from the 22 yard line so New England could attempt a game-winning field goal.  Moments later, John Smith kicked the 32-yard game winning field goal from the spot prepared for him by the work release snow plow driver lifting New England to a 3-0 win.  During an interview with NFL Films, Mark Henderson, the work release driver fondly recalled his name up on the Diamond Vision board and “the whole stadium was yelling my name, Henderson, Henderson, Henderson.”


To qualify for work release in Clark County WA, and an opportunity to be a hero (or at least be housed with other inmates working or attending school) you must be able to say each of the following:


  1. I can pay $15 per day (usually want the initial two weeks up front as a $225 payment)
  2. I have maintained the same job for the past two weeks.
  3. I am on payroll and receive a payroll check from which taxes are deducted and my employer pays L & I (labor & industries insurance).
  4. I work at a job within 30 miles of the Clark County Work Release (CCWR) facility located at 5197 NW Lower River Rd. (note: 30 miles as the crow flies, they will work with you if you’re close)
  5. I will be supervised at work at all times (CCWR officials do physical spot checks, so your employer needs to know and be on board with you doing work release).
  6. I work at a fixed location, or at least will be at no more than 3 specific locations each day.
  7. I must pass a drug test upon entry and I recognize that if I fail I go straight to jail to serve my sentence. (note: marijuana use prior to entry will not disqualify you, however you cannot use while you’re in work release and all subsequent drug tests must show a number below your baseline entry number for marijuana – which stays in your system approximately 30 days)
  8. I must pass a tuberculosis test.
  9. Transportation (one of the following):
    1. I am a licensed driver who owns or has access to a registered and insured vehicle.
    2. I have a licensed driver who is willing to provide me transportation in a registered and insured vehicle.
    3. I am able to ride public transportation to and from my job (note: CCWR provides a shuttle that goes on the hour and drops off on 13th and Broadway and picks up behind the jail, which allows inmates to ride public transportation).
  10. I cannot work seven (7) days in a row.
  11. I cannot work more than sixty (60) hours per week.
  12. I will work at least thirty (30) hours per week (though on a temporary basis CCWR may permit you to work fewer than 30 hours per week).


If the Judge sentences you to work release, you must immediately call Clark County Work Release at 397-2138.  If you qualify work release will advise you when to turn yourself in.  If you do not qualify, work release has to take you to jail, unless the Judge specifies on the Court Order that you can report back to court or turn yourself into jail on a specific date in the future.


If you are a student, you may also qualify for School Release so long as your school is willing to work with CCWR.  Clark College works well except for sex offenses.  Students must provide CCWR with their school schedule and your instructor must sign that you attend each class.


To see a short video by NFL Films about the Snowplow Game, go to: The Snow Plow Game

Or watch a YouTube clip from the original NBC broadcast.


To discuss whether to take your criminal case to trial and/or diversion, work release or other sentencing options please contact one of our experienced attorneys today at 360.696.4495.



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