242.56 WORK AND LEARN FACILITIES FOR YOUTH.
Subdivision 1. Requests for proposals.
The commissioner of corrections shall select
two nonprofit organizations to select and develop sites for work and learn facilities for youth.
The selection of organizations must be made in consultation with the advisory group created
under subdivision 3. By July 1, 1994, the commissioner shall issue a request for proposals from
nonprofit organizations to locate and develop the facilities described in subdivisions 4 and 5. Both
programs will provide rigorous programming for youthful offenders.
Subd. 2. Eligibility.
(a) Both programs are limited to individuals who:
(1) are at least 14 years of age but no older than 19 at the time of admission;
(2) have not received a high school diploma; and
(3) were adjudicated delinquent or referred by a county social services agency.
(b) The following are not eligible:
(1) juveniles adjudicated delinquent for murder, manslaughter, criminal sexual conduct in the
first or second degree, assault, kidnapping, robbery, arson, or any other offense involving death
or intentional personal injury; and
(2) juveniles who were adjudicated delinquent within the preceding ten years of an offense
described in clause (1) and were committed to the custody of the commissioner.
(c) The programs may include nonoffenders selected by the commissioner based on
recommendations from social service agencies of individuals who are at risk of incarceration.
Subd. 3. Advisory group.
The commissioner shall appoint an advisory group to assist in
selecting sites under this section. The commissioner shall include among the members of the
group representatives of the following: the Council on Black Minnesotans, the Council on Affairs
of Chicano/Latino People, the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, the Indian Affairs Council,
the commissioner of education, community corrections officials, county corrections officials, the
Association of Counties, and the Association of County Probation Officers.
Subd. 4. Metropolitan work and learn site.
One facility shall be in the metropolitan area in
an academy campus setting and be administered to address the problems of high unemployment
rate among people of color, the high drop-out rate of young people in the public school system,
and overcrowded correctional facilities. The academy shall provide the following programs:
(1) physical training;
(2) general studies;
(3) motivational and personal development;
(4) business opportunities;
(5) skills improvement; and
(6) structured residential treatment programs of individual and group counseling.
Subd. 5. Wilderness work and learn site.
One facility shall be in a wilderness setting, no
more than 50 miles from the outer boundary of the seven-county metropolitan area, located on a
site of at least 60 acres. The wilderness site shall offer a combination of the following:
(1) group activities that develop cooperation, teamwork, and trust in others;
(2) wilderness camping experiences that ensure that the youth begin to build self-esteem
(3) structured residential treatment programs of individual and group counseling;
(4) a teaching and social reinforcement system;
(5) a point and level incentive system;
(6) vocational and academic education; and
(7) life skills training.
Subd. 6. Family services.
Both programs shall provide family services during and after
the youth's involvement, including six months of intensive follow-up supervision of the youth
after return to the community.
Subd. 7. Evaluation and report.
The commissioner shall file a report with the chairs of the
senate Crime Prevention Committee and the house of representatives Judiciary Committee by
December 1, 1994, describing the sites selected and the progress made in developing them. The
commissioner shall also develop a system for gathering and analyzing information concerning
the value and effectiveness of the work and learn facilities. The commissioner shall report to the
chairs of the committees in the house of representatives and senate with jurisdiction over criminal
justice policy by January 1, 1999, on the operation of the program, with a recommendation as
to whether it should be continued.
History: 1994 c 636 art 9 s 1; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13; 1997 c 7 art 3 s 5; 2003 c 130 s 12