Staff Newsletter | February 2020

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Employee Newsletter   |  February 2020

Emerging Leaders

Corrections superstars wow cabinet with Leadership Academy presentations

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Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (left) and Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe (right) congratulate Leadership Academy participant Julie Bell.

The most recent class of State of Missouri Leadership Academy innovators presented their capstone projects to cabinet members this month. Three Missouri Department of Corrections superstars rose to the top of the class.

Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center Deputy Warden Julie Bell and her team presented a strategy for better branding Missouri state government as a major employer with rewarding and challenging career opportunities for job-seekers.

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Missouri Vocational Enterprises Chief Administrative Officer Travis Terry and his team developed a succession-planning process. With nearly half of some state agencies' top managers becoming eligible to retire in the next five years, the ongoing success of state government necessitates preparing the next generation of leaders to take the reins. Terry and his team developed a detailed plan, complete with a handbook, ready for immediate implementation.

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Moberly Correctional Center Warden Scott Weber and his team presented a plan to improve the job interview process and ensure it helps match the right people to the right jobs.

January 2020 MODOC Employee of the Month

Amanda Rucker

Amanda Rucker is doing her part to help keep Missouri safe. In the course of monitoring JPay offender email as an an administrative office support assistant at Jefferson City Correctional Center, Rucker discovered inappropriate images, including drug-related content and suggestive photos of a young woman, sent to multiple offenders from the same sender. Rucker suspected human trafficking or other dangerous activity might be underway. Further investigation revealed that the sender was a sex offender on parole supervision. These and other actions, referred to the St. Louis Police Department Sex Crimes Unit, were a violation of the terms of his parole and the terms of his community sex offender treatment. The offender was revoked to prison. Rucker's keen observations and quick thinking helped to protect the St. Louis community from dangerous crimes.

Tipton Opens Honor Dorm

TCC Honor Dorm

Tipton Correctional Center (TCC) is finding new ways to encourage positive behaviors. On the heels of a December opening of the first in-prison reentry center for offenders nearing release, in January TCC officially opened an honor dorm in Housing Unit 13, staffed by case managers Sherry Williams and Bobbi Kirkpatrick as well as officers Elaine Burch, Douglas Schouten, Dominique Morris and Ron Anderson. Currently home to 38 residents, the honor dorm offers privileges to offenders who have successfully completed an application process and who remain free from violations, gang affiliations and other disciplinary issues.

Corrections Takes the Plunge

Polar Plunge

Corrections teams throughout the state are wading into icy waters this winter. In support of Special Olympics Missouri, staff from correctional centers and probation and parole districts team up with fellow Missouri law enforcement professionals for the Polar Plunge. Participants raise money through sponsors and then, sometimes clad in costumes, venture into frigid Missouri lakes in a show of support of inclusion in athletics.

All funds raised support local Special Olympics athletes. Upcoming events are scheduled for Lake Viking Feb. 15St. Joseph Feb. 22, the Lake of the Ozarks Feb. 29 and Columbia March 14.

Donate online » 

Spiritual Foundations


At Western Reception Diagnostic & Correctional Center, staff support volunteers in corrections in their efforts to enhance religious programming for offenders. Dan Cravatt and Skip Crisp hold one-on-one meetings and Bible-study sessions with offenders exploring their Christian faith. Meanwhile, volunteer Ron Green from The Keys Are at the Cross Prison Ministries leads a 13-week Christian discipleship course called Directions.

New Year, New Technology

Staff teams launch next phase of MOCIS implementation


The next phase of the Missouri Corrections Integrated System (MOCIS) is underway. The department received funding in the 2020 state budget for MOCIS, supporting the hiring of a vendor and a path for full implementation within two years. To support project success, a MOCIS primary team made up of MODOC staff is working with the vendor, Information Resource Group (IRG), as well as Office of Administration Information Technology Services Division (OA-ITSD) staff and implementation teams. Members serve as subject matter experts, participate in analysis and testing of programming solutions, and help develop new MOCIS training tools. During a MOCIS system demonstration last month, team members met with the vendor and reviewed modules already implemented as well as those yet to be deployed.

State of Missouri launches new MOCareers site for government jobs

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The State of Missouri has launched a new job search and application system to help workers begin or grow their careers in state government.

The state is in the process of migrating all Department of Corrections job listings to MOCareers. Share the link with friends and family looking for work, or search the site to find opportunities for advancement.

Probation & Parole facilities launch secure job prep technologies for clients


To support job-search efforts of community supervision center and Transition Center of St. Louis residents, the department has introduced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure/Internet (VDI) and Skills to Succeed (S2S) programs. VDI runs through local servers and provides limited access to approved websites, as well as S2S, which aims to equip workers with skills for personal and professional success. Clients have access to 36 modules in three courses lasting 15-30 minutes each, allowing for customized training. 

New ENGAGE Model Ready for Rollout

Engage 2.0

The next level of ENGAGE monthly conversations between staff and their supervisors is underway, with the new ENGAGE 2.0 components launching in March. ENGAGE 2.0 aims to expand on the first iteration with higher-quality ENGAGE conversations, clearer expectations, a link between performance and recognition, and a growth model designed to help you blaze your trail. Learn more about how it works »   

A growth model that helps staff better understand their roles in their jobs and their contributions to the organization will form the foundation of ongoing ENGAGE conversations. Please prepare for March meetings by reviewing the placemats for individual contributors and supervisors.

Stand Up and Be Counted


The 2020 Census is your chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars sent to the federal government make their way back to Missouri. For every adult and every child who is not counted in the census, our state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. When every Missourian is counted, we get more money for roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.

Respond to the 2020 Census »

Justice Reinvestment Treatment Program Expands


Learn more about the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Launched in 2018 in Boone, Butler and Buchanan counties, the Justice Reinvestment Treatment Program has expanded to Polk and Greene counties. Staff there work with providers including Burrell Behavioral Health, Preferred Family Health, and Heartland Center for Behavioral Health to foster a holistic, comprehensive approach to client success. 

This joint project between Probation & Parole (P&P) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment to high- and moderate-risk clients who face challenges remaining engaged in community treatment. Missourians are treated by teams of providers. The program:

  • Involves frequent case staff collaboration between supervising officers and providers
  • Allows payment for services to address barriers to treatment, such as housing, employment or other basic needs
  • Provides performance-driven payment incentives when outcomes in housing and employment stability, retention in treatment, and diversion from revocation are favorable.

Learn more »

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

What are we doing? Where are we going? What does it mean for you and your job?

We’re making big progress in our three focus areas: workplace safety, workforce development and reducing risk and recidivism. More than half of our strategic initiatives are complete.

Take a look at our strategic plan and initiatives for the latest updates on the department's priorities.

Missouri Department of Corrections in the News

Your great work is making headlines! Check out news media coverage of staff accomplishments in reentry, housing unit management and more.

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Improving Lives for Safer Communities


Excellence in Corrections for a Safer Missouri


We value safe work environments, a capable workforce and reduced risk and recidivism.
We value integrity and respect.
We value supportive leadership.
We value employee participation and teamwork.

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Help Your Teammates Know Their Value

Corrections Way: Appreciate  

We're working hard to retain staff and to make the Missouri Department of Corrections a great place to work. Awards are a wonderful way to make employees feel valued, but there's more we can do every day to show how important each person is in what we do.


  • Give appreciative feedback.
  • Recognize individual strengths.
  • Remember the vital role you play in supporting the department's mission.