The Department of Correctional Services has turned down former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress' request to take part in a work release program that would have allowed him to spend some nights at home, according to 1010WINS. Burress — who was sentenced to two-years in prison after shooting himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub — asked for the furlough just two months into his sentence.
From the start, prosecutors opposed Burress' bid for work release, arguing it was too soon to offer the Superbowl champion any clemency. The furlough program would have allowed Burress to leave the Oneida Correctional Facility to work a pre-approved job from outside, where he could more easily negotiate with representatives from new teams and see his wife and children. Burress can appeal the decision within 30 days, but he won't be able to reapply for the work release until July 2010.