Family and Friends Newsletter-Summer 2023

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Family and Friends Newsletter | Summer 2023

Changes to the Purchase and Receipt of Reading Material


Offenders are no longer allowed to receive publications purchased by family and friends, however offenders may purchase reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, religious materials, and correspondence courses) from a bona fide vendor.  This change allows the Department to continue our effort of improving practices to limit the avenues used for introduction of drugs and contraband into facilities.  A publication includes any printed material that is published and made available for commercial purposes (books, magazines, and newspapers).  

Reading materials must meet censorship guidelines and must not exceed $100 in value, threaten safety and security of the institution, or exceed property limits.

The Department provides access to reading material in the library and religious reading material in the chapel at each correctional center.

Video Visit Expansion

Video visit

For loved ones who are unable to visit in-person, video visits may be a convenient option.  Video visitation is available through the department’s contracted provider, Securus Technologies. Visitors must setup a Securus account at and provide their own equipment and the necessary internet connections to participate in remote video visits.  

Video visits are currently available at the following facilities:

  • Algoa Correctional Center
  • Boonville Correctional Center
  • Crossroads Correctional Center
  • Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center
  • Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center
  • Jefferson City Correctional Center
  • Moberly Correctional Center
  • Missouri Eastern Correctional Center
  • Northeast Correctional Center
  • Ozark Correctional Center
  • Potosi Correctional Center
  • South Central Correctional Center
  • Southeast Correctional Center
  • Tipton Correctional Center
  • Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center

You can learn more about eligibility, rules and instructions for video visits at  

Big League Inspiration


Major League Baseball legends Darryl Strawberry and Willie Aikens joined Prison Fellowship this summer at Boonville Correctional Center and Tipton Correctional Center to share their stories of personal transformation and minister to facility residents.

While achieving remarkable success as professional athletes, both Strawberry and Aikens struggled with addiction and spent time in prison before dedicating themselves to helping people through their faith.

Starting in 1983, Strawberry played for the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees, racking up four World Series championships and multiple records, awards and accolades, as well as widespread popularity among fans.

Strawberry's highly publicized drug use and legal battles, along with health problems, ended his baseball career. He connects his challenges to abuse and trauma he experienced throughout childhood.

"My pain led me to my greatness," he told the offenders gathered in the BCC chapel, "but my greatness would eventually lead to my destructive behavior."

Now an ordained pastor, Strawberry has run Strawberry Ministries with his wife, Tracy Strawberry, since 2011. He has visited more than 240 prisons throughout the country, but last month marked the St. Louis resident's first visit to a Missouri state prison.

Aikens played for the California Angels, the Toronto Blue Jays and, notably, the Kansas City Royals, for whom he hit a record-setting two home runs during one game in the 1980 World Series.

Following a series of drug arrests, Aikens spent 14 years in federal prison in Georgia. After release, he went back to work with the Royals, first as hitting instructor and now as a special assistant to baseball operations.

During their BCC and TCC visits, Strawberry and Aikens made personal connections with event attendees.

Big League

Resources for Families of Incarcerated Individuals

MO Healthcare Connect-The Department of Corrections contracts with Centurion to provide health care services to the offender population.  Families may contact MO Healthcare Connect at 800-729-1601 to request updates about the offender’s medical, dental and mental health care.  The offender will need to sign a Release of Information (ROI) for a family member to receive the offender's private health information.