242.39 Juvenile restitution grant program.
Subdivision 1. Grant program. A juvenile restitution grant program is established under the commissioner of corrections to provide and finance work for eligible juveniles. Juveniles eligible to participate in the program are juveniles who have monetary restitution obligations to victims.
Subd. 2. Administering program. The Department of Corrections shall administer the grant program. The commissioner shall award grants to community correction agencies, other state and local agencies, and nonprofit agencies that meet the criteria developed by the commissioner relating to juvenile restitution grant programs. The criteria developed by the commissioner may include a requirement that the agency provide a match to the grant amount consisting of in-kind services, money, or both.
Subd. 3. Cooperation; types of programs. The commissioner of corrections shall work with the commissioner of natural resources, the commissioner of public safety, local government and nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, and the courts to design and develop suitable juvenile restitution grant programs. Programs must provide services to communities, including but not necessarily limited to, park maintenance, recycling, and other related work. Eligible juveniles may earn monetary restitution on behalf of a victim or perform a service for the victim. Work performed by eligible juveniles must not result in the displacement of currently employed full- or part-time workers or workers on seasonal layoff or layoff from a substantially equivalent position, including partial displacement such as reduction in hours of nonovertime work, wages, or other employment benefits. Any monetary restitution earned by an eligible juvenile must either be forwarded to the victim or held in an account for the benefit of the victim.
Subd. 4. Referral to program. The grant program must provide that eligible juveniles may be referred to the program by a community diversion agency, a correctional or human service agency, or by a court order of monetary restitution.