University of St. Thomas School of Law

University of Saint provides entirely free legal representation to:

• Adults facing petty offense, misdemeanor, or gross misdemeanor charges; and

• Children facing juvenile delinquency or petty offense charges.

Clients seeking representation can call 651-962-4961 to complete a short intake over the phone.

Felony Friendly Companies

When job searching you should be 100% sure of what your criminal background looks like on paper. This will keep you from disclosing anything that you don’t have to. Knowing exactly what your interviewer is seeing also gives you a great advantage. You will be able to craft a great answer ahead of time to answer any questions regarding your past. Companies may evaluate on a case-by-case basis. Below is a list of companies that are felony friendly.

Merit Light Industrial -Plymouth, MN

Metropolitan Airports Commission- Minneapolis, MN

Northern Wholesale Supply Inc.-Lino Lakes, MN

Restart, Inc.-Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

National Fundraising Management-Golden Valley, MN

Twin City Staffing-Savage, MN

Ameriprise Financial-Minneapolis, MN

Best Buy-Eden Prairie, MN

The Home Depot-Hopkins, MN

FedEx Ground PH US- Minneapolis, MN

At&t- Bloomington, MN

Dish Network- Minneapolis, MN

Grubhub- Minneapolis, MN

SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc.-Lakeville, MN

Masterson Staffing-Buffalo, MN

Walmart- Minneapolis, MN

Starbucks- Minneapolis, MN

PepsiCo- Minneapolis, MN


Minnesota Reentry Programs and Assistance

If you’re a former offender looking for a job in Minnesota then you’ve probably encountered some discrimination challenges. Minnesota has many programs that can help you reenter society with gainful employment, housing, and other resources you need. Listed below are a few sources you can contact for more information:

Second Chance Ranch: Transitional housing during reentry. For more details about this program call (218) 384-4894

Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project: CMNRP provides referrals for housing, employment, and other resources. For more details about this program call (320) 656-9004

RS Eden: Provides housing, recovery, and corrections services. For more details about this program call (612) 287-1600

180 Degrees: Housing assistance, employment assistance, and life skill training. For more details about this program call (612) 813-5006

Damascus Way: Non-profit 501c3 organization that provides Christian-based programs for men. For more details about this program call (763) 545-6558

Rise: Offers job training. For more details about this program call (612) 872-7720

AccessAbility: Helps former offenders who are interested in acquiring immediate employment. For more details about this program call
(612) 331-5958

Amicus: Provides a setting for former offenders to network and participate in discussion forums. For more information you may contact Amicus at (612) 877-4250.

Portland House: Helps former offenders sustain employment, secure housing, and develop life skills. For more details about this program visit here or call (612) 331-1087.

What to wear and not to wear when visiting a parent in prison

Believe it or not, prisons do have a dress code. While it may seem obvious, it’s not something many of us think about. Many of us only worry about our clothes when it comes to school, work, or a date, as visiting someone in prison may not be on that list. For many of us in America, it’s part of our life as we have loved ones incarcerated for some time. It’s important to know how to dress and what is appropriate for the prison.

To be honest, certain clothes or shoes can’t be worn. Many prisons will recommend against a specific color as well and won’t even allow you in if you’re wearing something wrong. Prison dress codes vary from location, so it’s very important to get a good look at what that specific prison allows with their dress code. Usually, there is a website, or even a quick call can get you that information that way you won’t be turned away on a visit as its important to both you and the person incarcerated. 

It’s important to note, that some of these are up to the interpretation of the guard on duty and you may be turned away if it’s not appropriate. Bring extra clothes to help alleviate this problem just in case so you won’t be denied visitation. 

Some examples you want to look for are:

  1. Flip-flops. While great for a summer stroll aren’t allowed in many prisons.
  2. Do not wear any color that matches those of the inmates. You’re a visitor, not an inmate.
  3. No camouflage clothing. You’re visiting an incarcerated loved one, not signing up for the military.
  4. Beware of your colors! Prisons are ripe with local gang members or even tied to those outside the prison complex. You want to remain neutral on this.
  5. Short and dresses are considered bad as well.
  6. Sleeveless shirts, halter tops, tank tops, revealing or low cut tops are also part of the rules.
  7. No clothing resembling staff clothing, medical scrubs, or any kind of uniform as this may present a security risk. 
  8. It’s not a good idea to wear jewelry as it can be restricted.

Keep in mind that you have a parent or loved one in prison and that visiting them is a privilege. You like everyone else has to follow the rules set by that specific prison. Also, be aware that you don’t have a lot of control over when you can see your loved one, but you can control what you wear on that specific visit. Do your due diligence and contact the prison for information. They’ll give you the information needed to visit go as smoothly as possible. 

While you aren’t in prison yourself, you share in this sentence. The separation may be hard, but each visit can prove great and easy-going by just following the rules. The guidelines may vary, but not difficult to follow. 

Editor. Prison Dress Code: What to Wear When Visiting a Loved One. January 19, 2015.