The Missouri Department of Corrections houses more than 33,000 offenders in Missouri correctional centers, and more than 96 percent of them ultimately will be released back to the community. The Office of Reentry Services works to ensure those who are released from prison will be prepared to re-enter their community, reducing the chance of those offenders from re-offending.
The Office of Reentry Services works with state and community partners to help incarcerated offenders prepare for successful transition back into the community by using the Missouri Reentry Process. By using this process, positive outcomes, such as reducing recidivism and circumventing the cycle of intergenerational crime, can be achieved. Every stride that is made in this effort makes Missouri communities safer and helps to stop victimization.
Restorative Justice, a section in the Office of Reentry Services, is a victim-focused approach to criminal justice. The emphasis is on restoration of victims, restoration of the communities and restoration of the offenders. The department's restorative justice initiatives encourage offenders to reflect on the harm caused by their criminal activity and make restoration to victims, the community and their families. Two core practices within the Restorative Justice program that help offenders reflect on their criminal activity and the harm they have caused are Impact of Crime on Victims Class (ICVC) and reparative activities. Both of these practices are offered at all 21 institutions and in probation and parole offices across the state of Missouri.
The Office of Reentry Services is committed to providing gender-responsive environments to women offenders confined in the Division of Adult Institutions and under supervision of the Board of Probation and Parole. Women’s programs were established to ensure accountability, reliability, and continuous improvement in meeting this commitment. The goal of these programs is to ensure the availability of gender-responsive programs that provide health, mental health, self-esteem, parenting, academic education, vocational education, substance use disorder treatment and life skills assistance for women to enhance their opportunities for successful transition back into society. Inter-divisional collaborations, interagency collaboration and connections with community organizations support this goal. The rapidly growing population of women offenders challenges the corrections profession to abandon a “one size fits all” approach to more meaningfully address the particular needs of women.