Transition Center of St. Louis

Transition Center of St. Louis

In 2017, the Missouri Department of Corrections transformed an aging community release center into the remodeled Transition Center of St. Louis, providing housing and programming to men under community supervision.

In a four-phase transitional program, residents work on employment readiness, education, treatment, life skills, family reunification, parenting and money management. Two wings of the Transition Center are devoted to education, programming and group activities. Computer labs are available for education and job search activities.


1621 N. 1st Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

Chris Sarchett, Superintendent

Four-Phase Program

Phase I: Intake

Transition Center Teaching
  • Residents tour the facility, complete orientation and get facility work assignments
  • Each resident is assigned a probation and parole officer and case manager, who put together assessments and treatment plans

Phase II: Programming

  • Residents begin tailored programming tailored to each participant based on assessments and treatment plans
  • Weekly case staffing and progress reports update residents on their progress

Phase III: Pre-Release Planning

  • Residents engage in programming in family reunification, interview skills, job search, money management and home economics

Phase IV: Discharge Planning

  • Residents continue program work and identify mentors
  • Overnight and weekend passes may be issued as residents get closer to finalizing their discharge plans

Community Partners

The Transition Center partners with multiple community providers to bring services into the facility. Participation in programming helps residents balance the requirements of supervision with the responsibilities of living in the community.