Missouri Reentry Process Facts

Description of MRP

In 2002, Missouri was the first state chosen by the National Institute of Corrections to adopt the Transition from Prison to Community Model. Since then, several states have adopted the TPCI model.

Missouri has provided technical assistance to at least 12 states with implementing reentry principles and practices.

Office of Reentry Services

The Missouri Department of Corrections is responsible for over individuals incarcerated in state correctional facilities and being supervised on probation or parole.

More than 95 percent of incarcerated individuals will leave prison and return to their communities throughout the state.

Returning can be difficult. There are challenges:

  • Finding a job, housing or transportation
  • Re-establishing family relationships
  • Not reoffending
Numbers of Offenders Released

Thousands of offenders return to Missouri communities every year. These offenders have served their time, but what happens next?

Missouri communities can and need to help offenders rejoin the community and avoid returning to prison. It makes sense: less crime, productive adults, reunited families and lower costs to the taxpayers. Prison is expensive. The need is real. The reasons make sense. We know what it takes.

Our objective is clear: improve the overall transition process of offenders leaving prison and returning to Missouri communities.

Success in their effort requires everyone in the community.

Learn more. Get involved. Help out.

MRP Principles

  • Offenders can change and be productive citizens.
  • Reentry begins when an offender enters the Department of Corrections.
  • Reentry is a shared responsibility of offenders, their families, community agencies and the state.
  • A seamless continuum of services should be in place for each offender leaving the institution to reduce future criminal behavior.
  • Offenders should receive training, education and treatment to better prepare them for reentry to the community.
  • Offenders who are better prepared to fulfill their obligations to their children can reduce the intergenerational cycle of crime.
  • Employment that provides adequate income is critical to the offender’s financial stability in the community.
  • Stable housing is one key component, which impacts the stability of the offender in the community.
  • Faith-based support can play an important part in an offender’s reentry.
  • Offenders should leave the institution as healthy as possible and have access to health care in the community.
  • Victims must be allowed to participate in reentry and be supported by it.
Factors for Recidivism or Criminal Behavior

State Partners

Department of Economic Development
Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Department of Health and Senior Services
Department of Mental Health
Department of Public Safety
Department of Revenue
Department of Social Services
Office of State Courts Administrator
Department of Transportation

Community Partners

Law Enforcement
Faith-based Organizations
Treatment Providers
Family and Community Trust
Federal, County and City Government
Social Service Community Organizations
Missouri Citizens

Contact Information

Office of Reentry Services
2729 Plaza Drive
P.O. Box 236
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: 573-751-2389
TTD: 573-751-5984
FAX: 573-751-4099

Reentry Infographic


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