The TJC Sites: Hennepin County, Minnesota

The mission of Hennepin County Corrections is, "Community safety, community restoration, and reducing the risk of reoffense." The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is "dedicated to increasing public safety through leadership, integrity and strong partnerships." The Transition from Jail to Community project supports these missions by offering targeted reentry services based on evidenced-based practice in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit partners to reduce offender recidivism.

Hennepin County has a population of 1,163,060 living in 47 communities, including the city of Minneapolis. The Hennepin County criminal justice system is served primarily by two correctional facilities. The pretrial jail is operated by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the postadjudication corrections facility is managed by the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR).

In 2011, there were 34,503 bookings into the jail and 5,616 into the Adult Corrections Facility (ACF). Approximately 685 adults reside at the Jail and 453 at the ACF each day. The ACF also supervises approximately 200 persons daily on electronic home monitoring. The average stay in the jail is seven days, and the average stay in the corrections facility is 44 days. Hennepin Corrections, the Sheriff's Office, Human Services, Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Court, and community partners have devoted substantial resources to support offenders reentering the community. Some of these efforts include implementing evidenced-based practice in DOCCR, education and employment programs at the ACF, identifying and managing offenders with mental health issues in the jail, and specialty courts including drug court, mental health court, and veterans court.

Human Services combines financial, social, and public health services into an integrated model of services for clients, creating the Client Service Delivery Model. Human Services is also moving these services into community-based sites, making them more assessible for clients. Public-private partnerships are becoming more common. Heading Home Hennepin, the county's 10-year plan to end homelessness, includes a scattered-site supportive housing program for chronic users of shelters and the criminal justice system managed by St. Stephens Human Services, a community provider.

The TJC project will support Hennepin County's efforts to improve public safety and reintegration outcomes by using evidence-based practices and strengthening collaborative relationships between public and community partners.

For further information, contact Brad Kaeter at brad.kaeter@co.hennepin.mn.us or 612 596-7612.