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
  • Painting
  • 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.

      STS Completion Timelines

  • Sentences of 30 days or less must be completed within 4 months
  • Sentences of 31 days or more must be completed within 6 months
  • Sentences of 60 days or more must serve one week of in-custody STS

    Program Expectations

  • Contact a Crew Leader at 651-430-6990 by 7:30 AM, if you expect to be absent.
  • 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.

Pick Up Information

Report to pick-up sites between 7:30 and 7:45 AM on scheduled work days.
  • Contact a Crew Leader at 651-430-6990 by 7:30 AM, if you expect to be absent.
Adult STS
  • Work time begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.
  • Parking is available on the north side of the Washington County Courthouse, in the far east side of the employee parking lot. Parking spaces 39 through 56 are marked specifically for STS crew members. Please park in those spaces only. Enter the parking lot from 62nd Street North.
  • Use the north entrance of the Washington County Courthouse to reach the STS assembly room, #2078.
Juvenile STS
  • Report time is between 7:30 AM and 7:45 AM.
  • Report to the south parking lot of the Washington County Government Center. Enter the parking lot from Oxboro Avenue.
  • An STS van will arrive to the pick-up site 10 minutes prior to pick up-time.


Crew leaders closely supervise conditions and activities for safety.
  • Crew members are required to wear any safety equipment issued.
  • Crew members are required to remain chemical free while on the program including alcohol and all non-prescribed chemicals.
  • Random breath analysis testing is conducted in the morning prior to starting jobs.
  • Any accidents, injuries, or incidents causing damage to equipment must be reported to a crew leader immediately.


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