Sentencing to Service

Hennepin County Sentencing to Service is a structured work program that provides a sentencing alternative for low-risk adult and juvenile offenders.

Instead of serving time in jail or paying a fine, offenders can work, learn new skills and gain self-confidence, while completing community improvement and restoration projects.

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Adult program expectations and pick-up sites

Program expectations

If ordered by the court to perform community service, there are rules that you will be expected to follow when assigned to a Sentencing to Service work crew. Violating any rule(s) may result in loss of credit for the work day or possible termination from the program.

  • Your crew leader will guide you throughout the day in various job tasks.
  • You are expected to fully participate as a worker in the program and satisfactorily complete the tasks that are assigned to you by the crew leader.
  • If you are hurt or injured you must report the information to your crew leader immediately.
  • Seat belt use in the STS van is mandatory.
  • You are expected to respect all crew members and Sentencing to Service staff throughout the work day.
  • Please bring a lunch each day. Crew leaders do not stop at convenience stores or fast food restaurants for breaks or meals.

While working on crew

  • No cell phone or text messaging permitted. Please leave all electronic devices at home.
  • No smoking.
  • Profanity and/or language that may be deemed offensive will not be tolerated.
  • No contact with individuals not on the work crew without your crew leader's approval.
  • Leaving the job site is strictly forbidden.
  • No unauthorized breaks.
  • Behavior that may be deemed intimidating, harassing or unwelcome will not be tolerated.
  • Use of or possession of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Possession of weapons or firearms is strictly prohibited.

Pick-up sites

All Sentencing to Service work must be scheduled. You can schedule your work day by calling 612-596-9220 or by emailing adultsts@hennepin.us between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. If you schedule by email, you will need to wait for a response from STS before your date is confirmed.

Sentencing to Service vans are marked with the Hennepin County and program logos displayed on their sides.

If you do not have transportation, several bus routes run either directly to or very near our pick-up sites. For more information, visit Metro Transit online or call 612-373-3333.

Location Address / Directions Schedule Notes
Sentencing to Service offices 3000 2nd Street North, Minneapolis
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You must check-in by 10:45 a.m.
The van will be parked in the parking lot on the north side of the Building. Crews meet under the north entrance awning.
Brookdale Regional Center 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
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Every day of the week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You must check-in by 7:45 a.m.
The van will be parked in the back lot near the pond.
Southdale Service Center 7009 York Avenue South, Edina
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Every day of the week, 8a.m. to 4 p.m.
You must check-in by 7:45 a.m.
The van will be parked in the center of the parking lot.
Ridgedale Service Center 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
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Every day of the week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You must check-in by 7:45 a.m.
The van will be parked in the Northwest corner of the parking lot.

Holidays

Sentencing to Service does not do work on most holidays. If you are unsure what days we may not be working, please call us at 612-596-9220.

Juvenile program expectations and pick-up sites

Juveniles ordered by the court to complete community service will be supervised by Sentencing To Service crew leaders. Crews work primarily outdoors in all weather conditions, but also complete some tasks indoors for various non-profit agencies.

Program expectations

There are rules that you will be expected to follow when assigned to a Sentencing to Service work crew. Individuals are expected to work safely and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with socially acceptable behavior. This means preserving the dignity and respect of self and others. Individuals who fail to follow these rules may face disciplinary sanctions.

  • Report to pick-up sites promptly at your scheduled time.
  • Dress appropriately for working outdoors. If the crew leader believes you are dressed inappropriately, you will be sent home and given an unexcused absence.
    • Hard-soled shoes or tennis shoes are required
    • Wearing old clothing is strongly recommended
    • Shorts, halter-tops, and sandals are not appropriate
    • If it is raining, rain gear is recommended
    • During cold weather, layered clothing is recommended
  • Do not bring items such as cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, iPods, weapons, cigarettes, lighters, pens and pencils. These items are not permitted and will be confiscated.
  • Bring a bag lunch and beverages from home. Sentencing to Service vans do not stop at convenience stores or restaurants for meals.
  • Bathroom facilities will be available during breaks.
  • No smoking.
  • Injuries must be reported immediately to the crew leader.
  • Disrespect for anyone will not be tolerated. Discipline for such behavior will result in an unexcused absence.

Failure to complete Sentencing to Service may result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.

Safety

Safety is a priority for all Sentencing to Service crews. All injuries, no matter how minor, must be reported immediately to a crew leader. Crew participants will receive instructions on how to safely and appropriately use tools and other equipment required of the job. Equipment needing repair must be reported to your crew leader.

Discipline

The court has ordered your participation in the Sentencing to Service program. Crew leaders are authorized to administer disciplinary measures when warranted. Discipline may include verbal reprimands, a written reprimand to your probation officer and/or the court, loss of work hours, removal or dismissal from the program and being returned to the pick-up site.

Pick-up sites

Vans arrive at the pick-up sites 10 minutes prior to pick-up times noted below and depart promptly at five minutes past the hour.

If you do not have transportation, several bus routes run either directly to or very near our pick-up sites. For more information, go to the Metro Transit website at www.metrotransit.org or call 612-373-3333.

Location Address / Directions Schedule Notes
Juvenile Justice Center 590 Park Avenue, Minneapolis
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Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crews assemble in front of the Juvenile Justice Center. Please wait outside the building.
Brookdale Library 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
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Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crews assemble in the front of the library. Please wait outside the building.
Southdale Service Center 7009 York Avenue South, Edina
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Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews assemble in front of the Service Center. Please wait outside the building.
Ridgedale Service Center 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
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Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews assemble in front of the library. Please wait outside the building.

Holidays

Sentencing to Service does not do work on most holidays. If you are unsure what days we may not be working, please call us at 612-596-9250.

Want to hire a Sentencing to Service crew?

If your organization has work that may be done by a Sentencing to Service work crew, complete the project proposal form and fax to 612-321-3429.

Benefits of hiring a Sentencing to Service crew

Experienced crews efficiently and safely provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Painting
  • Landscaping and lawn care
  • Public park and trail maintenance
  • Playground equipment assembly
  • Graffiti and litter removal
  • Tree planting, pruning and trimming
  • Firewood production
  • Removal of buckthorn and other non-native invasive species
  • Janitorial services
  • Sandbagging and storm debris cleanup
  • Special event setup and tear down
  • Ice arena maintenance
  • Snow removal

“The quality of work has been excellent, and the value to our organization is nearly immeasurable.”

— Volunteer Development Coordinator
Arc’s Value Village

Safe, efficient, cost-effective

Offenders are carefully screened prior to assignment to a Sentencing to Service work crew. Professional crew leaders — many with degrees in landscaping, gardening and forestry — maintain a safe work environment and hold offenders accountable as they fulfill court-ordered obligations.

The Sentencing to Service program:

  • Delivers job-specific training
  • Issues tools and safety equipment
  • Transports workers to and from job sites
  • Assumes medical liability for program participants
  • Provides competitive prices. The average fee is $336 a day for a crew of 10 to 11 people, and some services are provided free of charge
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