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Sentencing to Service

Online registration and scheduling for 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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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

Online

Register online for your day of Sentencing to Service (STS). Please have your Hennepin County case number available when registering for your day of STS.

If you do not have an email account or need assistance, please call 612-596-9220.

Questions

Please email sts@hennepin.us with STS registration problems or questions. Emails will be responded to between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pick-up sites for adult clients

All Sentencing to Service work must be scheduled.

To schedule a day of STS, visit the online scheduler webpage or call 612-596-9220 between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Four hour shifts, that count as half a day of credit, and eight hour shifts, that count as a full day of credit, are available for adult Sentencing to Service clients.

Sentencing to Service vans are marked with Hennepin County logos 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.

Eight hour shifts (one day of credit)

Brookdale Regional Center

Ridgedale Service Center

  • 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
  • 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.

Hennepin County Library – Southdale

  • 7001 York Avenue South, Edina
  • 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

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.

Pick-up sites for juvenile clients

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.

Juvenile Justice Center*

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

*Pick-up site will resume operations on Saturday, May 1.

Hennepin County Library – Brookdale

What are adult 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/meals.

While working on crew

  • Cell phone or text messaging may be used during breaks and with crew leader's permission.
  • No tobacco use.
  • Profanity and/or language that may be deemed offensive will not be tolerated.
  • Leaving the job site is strictly forbidden.
  • 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.

What are juvenile 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
  • Cell phone or text messaging may be used during breaks and with crew leader's permission.
  • 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 tobacco use.
  • Injuries must be reported immediately to the crew leader.
  • Disrespect for anyone will not be tolerated. Discipline for such behavior may result in an unexcused absence.

How do I schedule or cancel a scheduled day of STS?

Go to the Sentencing to Service registration website and enter your case number and birth date.

If you need to reschedule, cancel your current registration, then register for a session that works better for your schedule.

What if I forget my username or password after registering?

If you forget your username, please contact the Hennepin County help desk at 612-348-6662, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If you forget your password, please click on the “Trouble Logging In” icon located on the registration main page.

  • You will need to know your username and the answer to the security question to reset the password.
  • You do not need a password to view the Sentencing to Service webpage.

What do I need to know about attending my scheduled day?

You need to know:

  • Arrive on time. If you are late, you will need to reschedule.
  • Bring a photo ID, bag lunch and bottle of water.
  • You will be working outside, so dress for the weather.
  • Wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves and closed-toe shoes.
  • Do not bring valuables.

Will I be reminded to attend my scheduled day of STS?

A conformation email and text will be sent to you after you successfully register online for a day of STS.

What if I fail to attend my scheduled day of STS?

Your day of STS will be recorded as unexcused and you will not be credited with a completed day of STS. If you fail to complete your STS obligation by your court ordered due date, a violation will be issued.

Can I purchase meals or snacks during my scheduled work day?

Meals and snacks are not provided. There will not be an opportunity to purchase meals or snacks during your work day. Crews will be given a lunch break to eat the lunch they brought with them.

Are other breaks, besides lunch, given to crew members during the work day?

Yes. Breaks are given as needed throughout the day.

Could my scheduled day of STS be cancelled due to inclement weather?

If you are unable to make it to the pickup site safely, cancel your day of STS and reschedule for another day.

How can I receive verification that I completed my court ordered STS requirement?

The STS program will automatically notify the court or hearing office of your completion. If you want to obtain a copy for your records, bring a photo ID to the Client and Community Restoration office located at 3000 – 2nd Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55417 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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