Family and Friends Newsletter-January 2020

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Family and Friends Newsletter | January 2020

Happy New Year

We, at the Department of Corrections, wish you all the best in the New Year.

May 2020 be your and our best year yet!


2019 Year In Review

2019 Collage

Reentry Job Center

TCC Reentry Center

A reentry center opened December 13 inside the Tipton Correctional Center. In the Reentry Center, offenders nearing release can search for and apply for jobs; explore education opportunities; get help navigating child support processes; participate in computer concepts training; and sign up for social services such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Missouri’s Medicaid program (MO HealthNet).

The Reentry Center at Tipton Correctional Center is a collaboration among reentry partners including the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, the Central Workforce Development Board, the Department of Social Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Vocational Rehabilitation, Missouri community colleges, and State Technical College of Missouri.

Access to these services helps boost employment success while reducing risk and recidivism, making Missouri safer.

APPLIE Program


The APPLIE (About Persons with Past Legal Issues in Employment) program at Ozark Correctional Center, through a partnership with the the Missouri Career Center, gives offenders the opportunity to prepare for the work world and to complete in-person interviews with employers, sometimes securing jobs before the offender is released.

In the classes, participants learn skills like filling out resumes, using modern day technology and transportation, and how to talk with employers openly about their past. At the end of the course, participants are given street clothes to not only boost their confidence, but also look the part during interviews with potential employers.

Resources for Families of Incarcerated Individuals

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars: A mother-daughter visitation program at WERDCC, sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, whose purpose is to lessen the trauma of separation, strengthen the mother-daughter bond through sharing experiences with their mothers in the supportive setting of a Girl Scout troop meeting, and interact with experienced volunteers and advisors who model positive behavior.

Girl Scouts