Family and Friends Newsletter-February 2019

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Family and Friends Newsletter | February 2019


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At times it becomes necessary to place an offender in the segregation unit for investigatory purposes. Although this can be a hardship on the offender and the offender’s family and friends, it is sometimes necessary in the correctional environment.

All information pertaining to a pending investigation is confidential and cannot be shared with family and friends.  It is important to remain patient as staff complete the important work of investigating incidents.

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri


Justice reinvestment is a way to give people the tools they need to stay out of prison. With the money saved by incarcerating fewer people, the state can reinvest funds in programs that help to reduce crime and recidivism.

In 2017, Missouri faced several criminal justice challenges, including rising violent crime rates and prison overcrowding. The bipartisan Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force — which included state and local criminal justice system stakeholders — was formed to address the issues. The task force worked with the nonpartisan, nonprofit Council of State Governments to gather and analyze Missouri criminal justice data. The council came away with several key findings. In 2017, Missouri had:

  • The eighth-highest incarceration rate in the United States
  • The fastest-growing female prison population in the United States
  • An increasing violent crime rate but a decrease in violent crime arrests
  • Insufficient behavioral health resources
  • A high rate of prison admissions driven by factors other than new crimes; about half of new admissions were for technical violations of probation or parole

The task force worked with the Council of State Governments Justice Center staff to develop policies and strategies to reduce violent crime, improve community-based treatment, reduce recidivism and increase public safety. Many of these policies are reflected in House Bill 1355, which was signed into law in June 2018.

What this Means for the Missouri Department of Corrections

  • Commitment to evidence-based practices in corrections will improve how we assess offenders, build better case management plans, respond to positive and negative behavior, and equip staff with better programming and tools to reduce risk — all of which will enhance the chances of offender success.
  • Offender success equals positive behavior in our facilities and reduced technical violations in the community. Improving lives not only makes communities safer but also saves correctional dollars.

CSC Transformation


Community supervision centers (CSCs) are transitioning to the “CSC Repurpose Model.” The four-phase model targets high-risk clients who need intensive programming in several areas and who are at risk of revocation. It focuses on a behavior management framework of incentives and sanctions as clients progress through each of the four phases, with the referring Probation and Parole officer supervising the client while he or she is a CSC resident. 

Programs are targeted to each client’s assessed needs. Clients must complete core programming components before they can receive passes into the community for employment or other purposes.

The CSC in Fulton is now an all-female facility and will focus on gender-responsive and trauma-informed approaches to program delivery.

Resources for Families of Incarcerated Individuals

CRIME TIPS HOTLINE: Individuals who are involved in illicit or illegal activities can place facility safety at risk. Because prison is a place where these types of activities might occur, the Department has established a way for you and offenders to report them. If you are aware of inappropriate or illegal activities occurring in a Department of Corrections facility, you may call the Crime Tips Hotline at 573-526-0514. Be sure to leave as much information as possible to include dates, names and times. Remember that keeping illegal activities out of the prisons keeps everyone safer.