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Sentencing to Service

 

Serve your community instead of serving time

Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) 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.

Online registration and scheduling for Sentencing to Service

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The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, in coordination with district courts, has made several changes to Sentencing to Service (STS) to help ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have health concerns that may be worsened by COVID-19, please contact our office to review your individual situation and discuss your scheduling options.

Adult clients

Adult STS has resumed limited operations seven days a week. Additional health and safety measures required for clients.

Juvenile clients

Juvenile STS has resume limited operations on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional health and safety measures required for clients.

Additional health and safety information for clients

COVID-19 self-screening questions

Clients are required to answer these self-screening questions before reporting for an STS shift.

Do not report for any shifts if you are sick or answer 'yes' to any of the following questions.

Clients do not need to take a COVID-19 test prior to STS shifts.

  1. Do you have symptoms of lower respiratory illness (acute cough, shortness of breath)?
  2. Do you have a fever of 100.4-degrees Fahrenheit or more (or symptoms of a fever such as chills, muscle aches and/or weakness)?
  3. Have you had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while that person was ill?

If you are sick or answered 'yes' to any of the three questions above, please reschedule your STS shift(s) until after you no longer feel sick and can answer all three questions with 'no'.

Required face coverings

All clients are required to wear face coverings that cover both mouth and nose when inside an STS vehicle or when working within six feet of another person (STS work is typically performed outside and at a distance from others). Face masks are provided for clients.

Suggested items to bring

  • Something to drink
  • Something to eat
  • Work gloves
  • Hand sanitizer

This is court-ordered community service. You must follow rules and expectations if you want credit.

An adult who breaks any rules may be asked to leave the program. You may lose credit for the whole workday.

A juvenile who breaks any rules may face disciplinary sanctions. You may also get an unexcused absence.

You are expected to:

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Report to pick-up site on time
  • Reschedule if you are unable to attend for any reason
  • Follow all crew leader instructions
  • Conduct yourself with dignity and respect all crew members and staff
  • Fully participate as a worker
  • Work safely and immediately report to your crew leader if you are hurt or injured
  • Complete the tasks assigned to you
  • Always wear a seatbelt in our vans
  • Only use the bathroom during breaks
  • Dress for working outdoors
  • Wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves and closed toe or tennis shoes

Recommendations

  • Bring your own lunch and bottled water. Crew leaders are not allowed to stop at convenience stores or fast-food restaurants for breaks/meals.
  • Wear older clothing
  • Wear rain gear if it’s raining
  • Wear layered clothing during cold weather
  • Don’t bring valuables

Not allowed

  • Tobacco use
  • Profanity or offensive language
  • Leaving the job site
  • Shorts, halter-tops, and sandals
  • Intimidation, harassment or unwelcome behavior
  • Use or possession of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited
  • Possession of weapons or firearms is strictly prohibited

Register, reschedule or cancel

You must register for all program work. You need your Hennepin County case number to register.

  1. Register for your day of Sentencing to Service (STS).
  2. You will be notified if STS is canceled for any reason.

If you do not have an email account or need assistance call:

  • 612-596-9220
  • Monday – Friday
  • 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Reschedule or cancel registration

Program credit

Shifts vary by location.

  • Four-hour shift with breaks = a half a day of credit
  • Eight-hour shift with breaks = a full day of credit

If you are asked to leave due to misconduct, you will not receive credit for that day.

Attendance

If you don’t show up, your day of STS will be recorded as unexcused. You will not be credited with a completed day of service.

If you fail to complete your STS obligation by your court ordered due date, a violation will be issued.

Completion notice

We automatically notify the court or hearing office of your STS completion.

Copy for your records

To get a copy, bring a photo ID to our office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Client and Community Restoration office
3000 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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Questions

For help, email sts@hennepin.us. Emails will be responded to between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

All STS work must be scheduled. To register, see the Registration, credit and attendance section.

Our vans are marked with Hennepin County logos on their sides. You must wear your seatbelt.

Metro Transit has transportation options. See the Metro Transit website of call 612-373-3333.

Adult pick-up sites

Brookdale Regional Center

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
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Details

  • 8-hour shifts
  • Available seven days a week, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • You must check-in at 7:45 a.m.
  • The STS van will be parked in the back lot near the pond.

Ridgedale Service Center

12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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Details

  • 8-hour shifts
  • Available seven days a week, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • You must check-in at 7:45 a.m.
  • The STS van will be parked in the northwest corner of the parking lot

Southdale library

7001 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
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Details

  • 8-hour shifts
  • Available seven days a week, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • You must check-in at 7:45 a.m.
  • The STS van will be parked on the west side of the parking lot by library entrance

Client and Community Restoration Sentencing to Service offices

3000 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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Details

8-hour shifts

  • Available Monday – Thursday, 10:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • You must check-in at 10:45 a.m.
  • Crews meet at the north parking lot entrance

4-hour shifts

  • Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • A.M. shift: 7:45 – 11:30 a.m. You must check in by 7:45 a.m.
  • P.M. shift: 12:15 – 4 p.m. You must check in by 12:15 p.m.
  • Crews meet at the north parking lot entrance

Juvenile pick-up sites

Juvenile Detention

510 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Details

  • Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Crews assemble in front of the Juvenile Justice Center. Please wait outside the building.

Brookdale library

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
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Details

  • Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Crews assemble in the front of the library. Please wait outside the building.
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