Family and Friends Newsletter-September 2020

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Family and Friends Newsletter | September 2020

Visiting Update

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Children ages 10 and older may visit facilities where visiting has been reinstated. All children will be expected to comply with rules and restrictions, including face cover requirements and physical contact restrictions.

All other restrictions remain in place and standard visiting room rules still apply.

At this time, visiting is scheduled, with restrictions at: 

  • Southeast Correctional Center (SECC) in Charleston - Thursday through Sunday
  • Kansas City Reentry Center (KCRC) in Kansas City - Friday through Sunday only 

Dates for resuming visiting at other facilities have not yet been set. If you have a loved one in a Missouri Department of Corrections facility, please sign up to receive email or text alerts here. Enter your email address or cell phone number, and select "Family & Friends" in the topics menu.

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Freedom on the Inside


In partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the Global Prison Seminaries (GPS) Foundation, Hannibal-LaGrange University is offering an undergraduate Christian studies degree program at the Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC) to long-term offenders. The goal of the Freedom on the Inside program is to provide theological education to equip offenders to work as field ministers, serving as ambassadors for the program and spreading the message of responsibility and accountability, in prisons across the state.

The semester recently began with 19 student/offenders at JCCC who have been vetted through a rigorous application and selection process. They will be focused on their studies toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies for the next four years

Freedom on the Inside covers the expenditures (tuition, textbooks, computers) of the program through donations and grants. Each year, 20 students/offenders from prisons around Missouri will be added to the program.

Resources for Families of Incarcerated Individuals

Self-care is any intentional action you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. 

Self Care Apps


  • This app is a stress management tool, which will help you learn how to perform and use diaphragmatic breathing techniques for stress control. It also provides you with education about the biology of stress, the effects of stress on the body, how to do diaphragmatic breathing, and the biology of breathing.


  • Calm is an app that produces meditation products, including guided meditations, a book, narrated Sleep Stories, and health and meditation videos. Their primary product is the meditation app, available on iPhone and Android devices.


  • MoodTools is a free self-help app targeting depression. It provides psychoeducation about risk factors and psychosocial approaches to treatment, a depression symptom questionnaire, a thought diary, a suicide safety plan, and videos such as meditation guides.

myStrength: follow link to register 

  • Amidst the stress of the current coronavirus crisis, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare is offering the application myStrength.  myStrength is a self-help resource that is available 24/7, is private and confidential, and provides information and inspiration on a multiple topics. myStrength offers content and resources on including Coping Skills During COVID-19, stress management, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, chronic pain, sleep disturbance issues, and more.