Sentencing to Service (STS) Program

STS is a sentencing alternative for courts that puts carefully selected, nonviolent offenders to work on community improvement projects. Supervised STS crews work in parks and other public areas, frequently in combination with jail time. The Minnesota Department of Corrections, courts, and local governments operate STS. City, county, township, school districts, state, and nonprofit entities may submit project proposals. Submitted proposals should outline anticipated community improvement projects. 

STS Project Proposal Page.

STS Contacts

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ICWC puts minimum-security prison inmates to work in the community under the supervision of a department crew leader. Crews housed at department minimum-security facilities complete a variety of community projects for local government and state agencies. These projects include roadside clean-up, park and trail work, snow removal, and clean-up after storms and floods. Crew members are given an opportunity give back to the community while learning new skills.  

Participants in the ICWC Affordable Homes Program (AHP) are housed in local jails and build affordable housing in partnership with non-profit community agencies. The program helps address a housing shortage for low to moderate-income families and serves as a vocational training program for offenders. In the spring of 2008, crews will have constructed about 300 new homes.

ICWC Contacts

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Terry Byrne, Director
phone 651/361-7127, fax 651/642-0251

Work Release Program
The Work Release Program provides a structured transition period for offenders returning to the community with the intent of better preparing them for a successful, crime-free life. Selection criteria include current and prior criminal behavior, institutional adjustment, and alcohol and chemical dependency history. Offenders are eligible for work release during the last eight months prior to their supervised release date. The program contracts with public and private agencies for residential work release services. Programs provide structured living and close supervision and surveillance.

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