The roots of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition lie in the collateral consequences; the adjacent barriers that result from having a legal history, regardless of whether or not that debt has been repaid. We seek to collect and curate trusted resources to offer our community as they navigate those collateral consequences, at the same time we advocate for a system that repairs harm rather than punishes indefinitely.
Driver's License Reinstatement Microgrants Pilot Program
Community members impacted by the justice system within the last three years (including the court system, probation, or incarceration) will be able to apply for small microgrants to assist with driver’s license reinstatement costs.
At this time, we are only covering fines and fees issued in the state of Minnesota. Due to limited funds, not everyone who applies will be accepted. We understand fees and fines vary greatly from individual to individual and we may not be able to cover all fees.
Please note, this is a pilot program with limited funds and we will only be able to provide a small number of awards.
To be considered for these funds you must:
-Be a Minnesota resident
-Have been involved in the criminal legal system (including court, probation or incarceration) in the last 3 years
-Be applying for fines and fees issued in the state of Minnesota
-Plan to reinstate your driver’s license in the state of MN
-Have not received a previous microgrant from MNSCC in the past 36 months
After submitting the application, you will receive a copy of your responses, which serves as notification we have received your application.
Yes, we cannot award funds to an applicant without verification of the amount owed.
Because we are a volunteer committee and receive a high volume of inquiries and requests, we are not offering application assistance at this time.
We recommend looking into the Driver Diversion Progam: https://diversionsolutions.net/participants/drivers-license-reinstatement-program/
DDP was developed to support participants in paying any outstanding citations and fulfill state designated requirements necessary to reinstate a participants driver’s license.
Downloadable resources for for people in need.
For 15 years, Small Sums has worked with more than 100 partner agencies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro to help homeless individuals get back to work. They have helped over 6000 people take the job and start on the path to a more stable life. Click the button below to download their latest brochure.
This program provides support to landlords who are willing to rent to someone with criminal, credit or rental history barriers in their background. When a landlord rents to a Beyond Backgrounds participant, they have access to up to $2,000 of free insurance in the following circumstances:
- Damage to the unit beyond what the security deposit covers.
- Unpaid rent at the end of the lease term beyond what is covered by the security deposit.
- Court filing fees if an eviction is pursued beyond what is covered by the security deposit.
- Other unfortunate circumstances beyond what is covered by the security deposit.
ATTIC Correctional Services, Inc.
ACS provides a variety of services, including: residential programs, counseling, clinical treatment, day report services, electronic monitoring, employment assistance, and a variety of other supportive services. ACS has extensive experience working with a culturally diverse offender population, and has special expertise in addressing substance abuse, mental health issues and working with sexually violent persons.
Welcome Homes is a program of YouHaveThePower.org that provides sober housing, transitional services and pro-social support to those in reentry and recovery with barriers to housing
Our Crossing Home houses provide a Christian accountability housing program that helps homeless, previously incarcerated people, and/or parolees learn to apply biblical principles as well as practical teachings and life skills training for a successful re-entry into society. We have multiple transitional houses in Clay County.
Establishing “Recovery Accountability Communities” for individuals in recovery and exiting the criminal justice system.
Honest Jobs is the nation’s largest employment network for people with criminal records. We’re recruiting for employers in Minnesota that actively hire people with misdemeanor and
FULL TIME: Hourly Non-exempt
Completed applications can then be emailed to email@example.com
We are interested in pursuing every avenue available to recruit employees for our manufacturing company. We are interested in working with your program. Please pass on our info to the job-seekers that you are working with. We are a plastic packaging manufacturer located in Le Sueur. We hire direct! The plant works 10 hour shifts, Monday through Thursday. 1st Shift runs 5:45am to 4:15pm and 2nd shift runs 3:45pm to 2:15am. We hire mainly machine operators, starting at $15 or more.
When it comes to our employees, we know how to Smash it! As a member of the Smashburger team, your growth and fulfillment are of the utmost importance to us—your success is our success. We have a world-class culture committed to creating opportunities for all of our employees. Whether you start off as a Team Member or a Restaurant Manager, we have a training program designed to help promote you to the next level of your career!
Pardons & Commutation of Sentences
Mark Osler: Law Professor University of St. Thomas Law
The Second Chance Law & the basics of Expungment Law
Jon Geffen: Director Reentry Clinic Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
The Legal Rights Center
The Legal Rights Center is a community-driven nonprofit law firm, specializing in adult criminal and juvenile delinquency defense, restorative justice practices and youth advocacy . The Legal Rights Center runs two programs: Community Defense Program and the Youth: Education, Advocacy & Restorative Services (Y:EARS) Program. While each program has distinct goals and methods, collectively they point to the overall vision of improving the experience of the justice system for communities of color, if not proactively by solving problems that prevent involvement in the justice system in the first place, then certainly after an individual has been swept up into the system.
Minnesota Freedom Fund
At Minnesota Freedom Fund, they believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust. That’s why they are working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice.
Minnesota Legal Aid
For more than 100 years, Legal Aid has provided access to the legal system for Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens. With the support of thousands of Minnesotans like you, we’ve stood with them to defend their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care, and education. Together, we are changing lives.
Adult Teen Challenge
Have a broad spectrum of treatment and recovery programs: Outpatient (Telehealth and In-person), Licensed Residential (7-90 days) Long Term Recovery Program (12 months) Aftercare and Alumni Services, allowing us to effectively serve individuals with a broad spectrum of addiction issues;
Barbara Schneider Foundation
Eliminate the criminalization of people with mental illness through positive training and education.