Sentence To Service
What is Sentence to Service (STS)
Sentence to Service (STS) is a jail alternative program, designed to repay the community for harm incurred by an offender. STS avoids costly incarceration, provides work projects that are of benefit to the citizens of Washington County by improving the condition of its resources and improves competency levels for offenders through completion of meaningful work experiences.
By participating in STS, offenders are able to indirectly make amends for their actions by contributing to work projects that add significant value to organizations and communities throughout the county. Under the direction of STS crew leaders, work projects are completed for public, non-profit, and government agencies.
Examples of work projects include:
- Cutting grass for elderly/disabled individuals
- Shoveling snow for elderly/disabled individuals
- Trail and prairie restoration for state agencies
- Recycling for county buildings
- Natural disaster relief
- Clean-up and general maintenance
Eligibility for Community-Based Work Crews
- Must be court ordered
- Sentenced offense may not be a felony level assault
- Sentenced offense may not be a weapons offense or involve a weapon
- Sentenced offense may not be a sex-related offense involving a minor
- Must not score high-risk on an offense specific risk assessment
- Clients not eligible for community-based work crews are not excluded from in-custody STS participation on jail or kitchen work crews.
- Crew Member will be asked about any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Social Distancing and Sanitization Guidelines will be followed.
- Crew leaders will conduct a COVID-19 Symptom screening with all crew members prior to starting crew each day.
- 1 crew leader and 2 crew members will be allowed in a van at a time.
- Crew Members will sit in the second row far right and fourth row far left.
- Crew leaders and crew members will wear masks while in the van.
- Crew members must bring their own mask.
- If at the job site social distancing can be maintained, masks are optional.
- Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer will be required.
- Limit sharing of equipment and equipment sanitation will be required.
- Dress appropriately for working outdoors. You will not be taken to the work site or receive credit unless you are dressed appropriately for working in the communities within Washington County. Recommended apparel for work is:
- Layered clothing during cold weather
- Safety-toed work boots or tennis shoes
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Jeans/Work pants
- Shirt with sleeves
- Bring a bag lunch
- Disrespect or harassment of any kind is not tolerated. If you feel you are being harassed, please report it to your Crew Leader.
- Do not bring cell phones or other electronic devices.
- Do not bring tobacco products including matches and lighters.
- Possession or use of any prohibited items will result in discipline.
The court has ordered your participation in the STS program.
- Assignment to STS is a privilege and can be lost if behavior or performance present problems.
- Crew leaders are authorized to administer disciplinary action which may include
- verbal or written warning
- loss of credit hours
- removal from the STS program