Hennepin County sentencing program using offenders to build park cabins

It’s not exactly the WPA, but some Minnesota offenders are working off their court-ordered sentences by building cabins in state parks.

And this week the Hennepin County Board agreed to let some offenders build the cabins in the Three Rivers Park District.

Crews from Sentencing to Service will build six camper cabins for the west metro park district — four at Baker Park Reserve and two at Elm Creek Park Reserve.

The nearly 300-square-foot log cabins will have attached porches and be wired for lights and heat. Crews do complete cabin construction, including framing, roofing, siding and interior finishing.
Hennepin County crews built the 26 cabins in state parks.

Corrections officials say that offenders completing the STS Homes Program are often offered union-scale jobs in the construction trades upon release, and the program is nationally recognized for a recidivism rate of only 6 percent.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tom Poe on 11/26/2008 - 09:06 pm.

    The RNC demonstration of what a police state looks like, followed by an interesting incentive to arrest and convict and have built-in slave labor. Where is the oversight for abuse of this highly questionable arrogance? Who’s monitoring the enslavement program of our police state?

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