Productive Day Enterprises

The Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility Productive Day program requires residents to be productively engaged in work six hours a day.

Educational opportunities, job-skills training, and real-life work experience are provided to help prepare residents for a full-time working lifestyle and self sufficiency when they are released.

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Program components

Private sector work program

This program provides temporary, minimum-security residents as laborers to businesses in Hennepin County. For information, email Tom Schmalz at

Institutional work program

This program employs offenders in:

  • On-site food, laundry and building support services
  • The Adult Corrections Facility garden project, which maintains multiple flower gardens and a memorial flower garden, operated with the help of volunteer master gardeners
  • Parkers Lake Golf Center, a county-owned public golf driving range and nine-hole chip-and-putt, located on Adult Corrections Facility grounds

Community work programs

These programs provide supervised crews of four to eight residents to:

  • Perform county property services such as salvage operation, furniture moving, landscaping, cleanup operations, construction and painting on Adult Corrections Facility grounds or other Hennepin County properties
  • Perform other public and private community services

Productive Day II prepares residents for work with resume building, employment services, life-skills development, and instruction on how to gather documents needed to apply for a job (i.e., Social Security card, driver’s license, registration for military service, etc.)

For details, email Tom Schmalz at

Service to the community

Productive Day has become a national model that provides numerous benefits to both participants and the community by:

  • Building responsible work habits and developing skills so that participants can find employment upon release
  • Serving the community by providing affordable or free labor for community projects
  • Making effective use of resident labor resources
  • Creating institutional revenue and wages for residents
  • Reducing incarceration costs
  • Reducing operating costs for other county units using resident labor services
  • Helping residents and their families (e.g., child support and other reparations)
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