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Missouri Re-Entry Process Mission

The mission of the Lake Area Missouri Reentry Process Association is to promote successful reentry of offenders into the community at the local level through the close collaboration of the group members in order to increase offender responsibility, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety.

The Goal

The goal of the Missouri Reentry Process is to prepare offenders returning to the community to be productive citizens. 97% of all current inmates in Missouri will eventually be released back into our communities. The Missouri Reentry Process is designed to assist ex-offenders and their families in accessing services that have been proven to greatly reduce the recidivism rate.


About MRP

The Lake Area Missouri Re-Entry Process Association is looking for people like you. We are very interested in the opinions and views of fellow citizens such as yourself to help resolve issues, solve problems, and develop a wide variety of resources to assist those who need them. Please join us and help us to promote the overall well being, growth, and safety of our community.

The goal of the Missouri Reentry Process is to prepare offenders returning to the community to be productive citizens. 97% of all current inmates in Missouri will eventually be released back into our communities. The Missouri Reentry Process is designed to assist ex-offenders and their families in accessing services that have been proven to greatly reduce the recidivism rate.

Eliminating obstacles to basic necessities such as transportation, counseling, education, and employment are just a few of the key elements that can help to ensure this process is successful. Our current members are committed to this endeavor and continually seek ways to incorporate area resources and to promote the involvement of the community in this process.

Released offenders have a significant impact not only on their own families, but on the community as a whole. Successful offender reentry directly affects every Missouri citizen. You can make a difference by getting involved today!


For more information, please call: Judy Crawford, 573-480-1221.

Steering Committee
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
Time: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Location: Probation & Parole Office located at 409 W Hwy 54 in Camdenton.

Quarterly Meeting
When: 4th Thursday in January, April, July, and October
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Conference room of the Mid-County Fire Protection District Building located at 184 Old N Hwy 5 in Camdenton, MO 65020.


Adult Basic Education : (573) 346-5616 
106 West Highway 54                GED/Computer Lab/Tutoring
P.O. Box 786                              8:00 to 4:30 M-F
Camdenton, MO 65020

Adult and Community Education : (573) 346-9271 
Lake Career & Technical Center
P.O. Box 1409
Camdenton, MO 65020
Assistant Director:  Kathy Hueste

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Sunrise Beach  : (573) 374-0618
Dry Dock / Osage Beach : (573) 348-5898

Beacon Of Hope Church & Ministries  : (573) 552-1309
P.O. Box 1339
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Bear Market : (573) 346 3608  Consignment Store
605 West Highway 54
P.O. Box 1559
Camdenton, MO 65020

Bible Baptist Church and  Camden Christian School : (573) 346-2804
976 South Highway 5
P.O. Box 1796
Camdenton, MO 65020

Big Brothers/Big Sisters :  (573) 964-6112
P.O. Box 643
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Contact: Sue Creel :

Citizens Against Domestic Violence :  (573) 346-9630
P.O. Box 245
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact: Julie Harlan 

Calvary Chapel :  (573) 302-1541
126 Highway 42
P.O. Box 722
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Camden County Developmental Disability Resources:  (573) 317-9233
100 3rd Street
P.O. Box 722
Camdenton, MO 65020
Ed Thomas, Director :

Camden County Health Department & WIC : (573) 346-5479
1976 North Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Bryant Burton, Director

Camden County Library : (573) 346-7733
89 Rodeo Road
Camdenton, MO 65020

Camden County Prosecutor’s Office  :  (573) 317-3910  ext. 3110
1 Court Circle, Suite 10
Camdenton, MO 65020
Brian Keedy, Prosecutor

Camden County Sheriff’s Department  : Non-emergency: (573) 346-2243       
1 Court Circle, Ste. 13
Camdenton, MO 65020
Emergency:    911
Jail: (573) 317-0981

Camdenton Area Firewood Ministry : (573) 216-0566
60 St. Caroix Lane
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
Contact:  Ken Peters

Camdenton Chamber of Commerce :  (573) 346-2227
739 West Highway 54
Camdenton, MO 65020

Camdenton County Courthouse : (573) 346-4440
1 Court Circle
Camdenton, MO 65020

Camdenton Police Department  : (573) 346-3604
437 West Highway 54
Camdenton, MO 65020
Laura Wright, Chief

Camdenton Senior Center  : (573) 346-2776
2844 South Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Janet Moore

Camdenton United Methodist : (573) 346-5350
340 West US Highway 54
P.O. Box 88
Camdenton, MO 65020

Canopy Church : (573) 216-2357 or  (573) 346-0464   
127 Turner Parkway
Camdenton, MO 65020

Cedar Ridge Treatment Center   : (573) 346-6758
1091 Midway Dr.
Linn Creek, MO 65052
Director:  Ria Newcomb
Crisis Line:  800 833-3915
fax  (573) 346-0621

Celebrate Recovery :  (573) 216-9226
Potter’s House
2073 South Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Curtis Dickerson

Central Ozarks Dental Clinic : (573) 365-2510
304 West Washington Avenue          
  Richland, MO 65556   

Central Ozarks Medical Center : (573) 302-7490
3870 Columbia Avenue
Osage Beach, MO 65065
(services provided on sliding scale)

Child Advocacy Council        Thrift Store (children’s needs)
77 Dawson Road                    Tu – Sat    10-2
P.O. Box 1002
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-0003

[The] Church at Osage Hills :  (573) 348-1030
5237 US Highway 54
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Community Christian Church  :  (573) 346-5546
1064 N. Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Stephen Ministry
Contacts:  Bonnie Canaday

Community For Christ Outreach : (573) 374-4425
Thrift Store, Energy Assistance, Rent Assistance
17328 North Highway 5
P.O. Box 204
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079

Community Foundation of the Lake  :  (573) 216-3553
P.O. Box 1413
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Julie Law, Coordinator

Crossroads Christian Fellowship : (573) 378-0968
680 Beachwood Drive
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079

 Department of Corrections : (573) 526-5285
Area Treatment Coordinator
Anita Salisbury, Area Treatment Coordinator

Department of Mental Health  : (573) 751-9212
Central Region Area Treatment Coordinator
Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Contact:  Kathleen Mims

Eldon Senior Center :  (573) 392-6102
926 East North Street
Eldon, MO 65026
Contact:   Connie

Faith Baptist Church  : (573) 392-0582
1205 Kraus Drive
Eldon, MO 65026

Faith Builders Recovery Ministries   :  (573) 552-8618
substance abuse/recovery
1005 Jeffries Rd., Suite 1
P.O. Box 5
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Contact:  Bill Moffitt, Ph.D.   (573) 552-8618

Family Support Division (FSD) :  (573) 346-3363
Senior Services   (573) 346-6961
146 Rodeo Drive
Camdenton, MO 65020

First Baptist Church of Camdenton  :  (573) 346-3355
186 South State Highway 5
P.O. Box 1796
Camdenton, MO 65020

First Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach   :  (573) 374-5224 or (573) 286-7096
13560 North State Highway 5
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079

First Family Church   :  (573) 302-0223
645 Highway 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065

[The] Food Bank : (573) 474-1020
2101 Van Diver
Columbia, MO 65202

Foundation Fellowship :  (573)-346-4544
soup kitchen   

79 Caulfield Avenue
Camdenton, MO 65020

Gifted Goods & Garmets
Stonecrest Mall
Open Mon – Fri 10 AM – 6 PM and Sat 10 AM – 5 PM

Graceland New Testament Church :  (573) 346-4244
70 State D Road
P.O. Box 1263
Camdenton, MO 65020

Habitat For Humanity :  (573) 346-4440
building homes for low income families 

1 Court Circle, Suite 16
Camdenton, MO 65020

Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store  : (573) 346-4440
Keystone Business Park
South Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Tu-Th, Sat  9-1:00

Harper Chapel United Methodist Church:  (573) 348-2617 or (314) 703-1164
5567 Highway 54
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Head Start  :    (800) 876-3264
PO Box 69, 306 S Pine
Richland, MO 65556

Health Insurance
Central Ozarks Medical Center

Free Service / No Obligations
Specialist : Larry Gerdes (573) 480-8402
Specialist : John Webb   (573) 480-7840

Heartland Worship Center   : (573) 346-1716
2340 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Hope House – Food Pantry :  (573) 365-0099
40 Lakeland Drive
Lake Ozark, MO 65041

Kid’s Harbor  :  (573) 348-6886
Child victims of any kind of abuse…
5717 Chapel Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065

LANI – LakeArea Needs Initiative 
PO Box 722
Camdenton, MO 65020

Lake Area Citizens Advisory Board : (573) 346-1766
106 W. Hwy 54 ext. 209
P.O. Box 9869
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Ron Roelker

Lake Area Helping Hands (LAHH) : (573) 346-4968
68 Holden Dr.
(P.O. Box 1141)
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Ron Estep

Lake Area E Free Church : (573) 346-5300
5216 Doc Ridgeway Drive
Macks Creek, MO 65786

Lake Area Industries :  (573) 346-7934
1720 North Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Lake Hills Community Church : (573) 552-4182
Eagle Plaza Mall #7
Camdenton, MO 65020           

Lake Regional Health System  : (573) 348-8000
54 Hospital Dr.
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Lamb House  : (573) 346-2168
50 Illinois St. N.E.
(P.O. Box 717)
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Pat Woodward

Lamp Ministries : (573) 378-0968
Thrift Store & Substance Abise
208 East 2nd Street
Eldon, MO 65026
Contact:  Tony  : (573) 392-0088

Laurie Care Center  :  (573) 374-8263
610 Highway O
P.O. Box 1068
Laurie, MO 65038
Contact:  Linda Bennett or

Legal Aid of Western Missouri : (660) 747-7101 or (800) 892-2943
Serving Camden County
305 North Holden
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Lighthouse Mission (DBA) :  (573) 346-8303
Freedom Through Christ Ministries Inc.
20 Show Me Lane
Camdenton, MO 65020
Ffax:  573-346-8447

Linn Creek Baptist Church  :  (573) 346-7446
433 State Road A
Linn Creek, MO 65020

Lions Club of Lake Area :  (573) 346-5872
Hearing Aids, Vision, and   Diabetes
Contact:  Linda Martin

​​Macks Creek Senior Center  : (573) 363-0153
558 Carnahan
Macks Creek, MO 65786
Contact:  Deborah Nations

Medical Missions for Christ  : (573) 346-7777
Community Health Center
1974 N. Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Carolyn Bowling, Director

Mid Missouri Legal Services  : (800) 568-4931
Legal Aid for low income
M-F 8:00-4:30 for seeing clients
Weekdays 9:00-3:00 for over the phone applications

Ministers of Fire : (417) 241-0480
street ministry, firewood               

23500 Horizon Road
Lebanon, MO 65536
Contact:  Mike Duran

Missouri Board of Probation and Parole :  (573) 346-2878
409 West Highway 54
Camdenton, MO 65020
Jim Powell,  District Administrator

Missouri Career Center : (573) 346-1766 or (417) 532-6146
204 Business Park Road
Linn Creek, MO 65052
Contact:  Jaime Wisely or  Jennifer Whitworth

Missouri Continuous Alcohol Monitoring  : (573) 346-5500
72 Camden Ct. SW
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Jason Dampier

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services  :  (573) 522-2800
920 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Contact:  Tiffany Tuua                             

 Missouri Mental Health Foundation : (573) 635-9201
1739 East Elm Street, Suite 103
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Missouri Ozarks Community Action, Inc.   :  (800) 876-3264
306 S Pine
Richland, MO 65556

Missouri Veterans Commission : (417) 532-6754
2639 S. Jefferson Ave.
Lebanon, MO 65536
Contact:  Paula Nordin, Incarcerated Veterans
Re-entry Coordinator
Veterans Service Officer        
Fax   (417) 532-4210

Missouri Vocational Education (MVE) :  (573) 751-6663
jobs and career
1717 Industrial Drive
P.O. Box 1898
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Contact:  Rickey Fisher  :  : (573) 522-2924
Dave Diotte  :  :  (573) 522-2927

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)   : (800) 436-2252 or  (417) 531-3755
Contact Information: Help Line:
Contact Information:
Contact:  Jim  (573) 280-7451

New Home Baptist :   (573) 346-5631
2895 Old Route 5 North
Camdenton, MO 65020

New Hope Lutheran  :    (573) 280-7471
242 South Main, Suite A-1
Laurie, MO 65038

New Life Project (Women) : (417) 718-2900
PO Box 1947
Lebanon, MO 65536
Contact:  Lucy Ersery

New Tribes Missions :  (573) 317-8442
134 Main Dr.
Roach, MO 65787
Contact:  Jim Turek

New Vision :  (573) 468-1063
3 day detox, substance abuse
751 Sappington Bridge Road
Sullivan, MO 63080
Contact:  Sheila, Tyson, or Stephanie    

OATS Public Transportation :   (800) 269-6287
Some of the best rates at the lake – visit their website or call to schedule your needed transportation.

Open Door Christian Fellowship :   (573) 374-6323
212 Faith Blvd.
Laurie, MO 65037

Osage Beach Police Department  : Non-Emergency: (573) 346-2010
1000 City Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Emergency:    911

Parents As Teachers : (573) 346-9268
P.O. Box 1409
Camdenton, MO 65020
Stephanie Basham, Coordinator

Pathway Community Health  : (573) 346-9100
741 North Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

PAWS Place & Thrift Store :  (573) 365-7181
1126 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Contact:  Joyce Rhodes

Penmac  :  (573) 317-0752
jobs service
814 South Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Sherry Vanskike

[The] Potter’s House  :  (573) 346-3951
2073 South Business Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Pregnancy Help Center : (573) 374-1144
Offer Clothes, baby clothes, furniture & counseling  M-F  8-4:30
Haven of Hope Maternity Home
138 Elks Lane
(P.O. Box 885)
Laurie, MO 65038

Pregnancy Help Centers, Suite 3  :  (573) 346-3337
Youth Center, Suite 2
747 North Business Hwy 5
(P. O. Box 384)
Camdenton, MO 65020
Tuesday-Friday 10-4
Offer Clothes, baby clothes, furniture & counseling  M-Th 9-3
Erma Moenkhoff,    Camdenton.Facility Mgr and Director

Public Defenders Office  : (417) 532-6886
Judicial District 26
288 Harwood
Lebanon, MO 65536

 [The] Rock House :  (573) 317-0202
122 Rock House Road
Linn Creek, MO 65052

Saint Anthony Catholic Church    :   (573) 346-2716
1874 N. Hwy 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Saint George Episcopal Church  :  (573) 346-4686
423 North Business Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Salvation Army  :  (573) 480-1221
P.O. Box 3281
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Judy Crawford

Contact:  Ken Schaeffer

Share The Harvest Food Pantry : (573) 873-5855
689 North State Hwy. 7
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Judy Wimmer

Sonlight Christian Fellowship :  (573) 346-3233
808 Old South Highway 5
P.O. Box 1146
Camdenton, MO 65020

[The] Sonshine Ranch  : (573) 346-7030 or  (573) 836-3366
P.O. Box 3234
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contacts:  Gerald and Sharon Hauck
Fax:        (573) 346-7030

Sonshine Thrift Shop  : (573) 346-7030
468 Highway 5 North
Camdenton, MO 65020

Society For Treatment of Abandoned & Fractured Friends :  (573) 374-2629
S.T.A.F.F.  and a thrift shop
17282 Highway 5 North
P.O. Box 1324
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079

Sunrise Bible Church : (573) 374-5937
17184 North State Highway 5
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079

Tree 197 Ministries: (573) 346-3375

Twice Around Clothing & Furniture Store : (573) 873-5855
Share The Harvest
689 North State Highway 7
Camdenton, MO 65020

Versailles Senior Center :  (573) 378-6232
308 Fairground Road
Versailles, MO 65084
Contact:  Julie

Westlake Christian Church :  (573) 374-0647
936 Highway O
Laurie, MO 65037

Westside Senior Center  : (573) 372-3588
1501 Highway O
Laurie, MO 65038
Contact: Vicky

Work Connections :  (573) 346-1766
106 W. Hwy 54
Camdenton, MO 65020
Contact:  Paula Curtman


You are the primary factor to the success of your re-entry. The Missouri Reentry Process (MRP) Team wants to help you find the resources that can enhance your efforts and help you stay committed to your plan for success. Attention has been paid here to some crucial components to which, if they relate to you, we strongly recommend you pay careful attention to enhance your opportunity to be successful. We have provided a quick reference resource directory that can be found in this guide. Your assigned probation officer is also very knowledgeable on the resources. In addition your probation officer is available to assist you with recommendations that can help meet your needs. Be aware that the list of service providers can change due to funding and available resources. We do our best to keep it up to date but there can be time delays in both learning of the changes and making the changes.

To effectively begin to make use of the guide:

  • Make a list of what you consider your most important needs and rank order them.
  • Review the Resource Guide and speak with your probation officer to identify the best providers for you and write them down.
  • When you call them, have paper and pencil ready to write down any pertinent information they may share with you. Describe your need as briefly but accurately as possible. Be prepared to give them your contact information so that you can be reached or a message can be left.
  • If you are speaking with an agency that uses a case/file number for identification, have it ready at the time of the call.
  • Write down the name and title of the person to whom you speak, the date, and any plans you  make with them. Confirm their phone number and any appointments before you conclude your conversation.
  • Keep your information in a notebook for easy access for future contacts with each organization for follow up calls.
  • Be courteous and pleasant even if the person with whom you are speaking is not. You will get   better assistance that way. Do not forget to say THANK YOU! You just might make someone’s day.


In a study of more than 20,000 adults who were incarcerated, 16.9% were impacted by serious mental illnesses. To be successful, it is vital that you obtain the services that will treat and provide the medications you require and that you comply with appointments and medication recommendations. Hammett, T., C. Roberts, & S. Kennedy. “Health-Related Issues in Prisoner Reentry.” Crime & Delinquency 47, no.3 (2001): 390-409.

Three fourths of those who return to prison have a history of substance use disorders. 70% of those who are incarcerated and have serious mental illness also have a substance use disorder. Hammett, Roberts, & Kennedy. To be successful it is critical to address this issue if it pertains to you. This can be done with a variety of options such as treatment facilities, AA, NA, and having a sponsor, to name a few. Addressing this in your plan of action is taking yourself seriously and is a commitment to your desire to succeed.

More than 10 % of those entering prisons and jails are homeless in the months before their incarceration and 20% of those who have a mental health diagnosis. Those who struggle with having a place to live are 20% more likely to abscond. Metraux, S. & D.P. Culhane. “Homeless Shelter Use and Reincarceration Following Prison Release: Assessing the Risk.” Criminologh and Public Policy 3, no.2 (2004): 201-202. There are resources for you if you want the security of a place to live.

Chronic illness and communicable diseases will take their toll on you. Treatment and proper medications are necessary for you to feel strong and capable of functioning at your best. There are clinics in the area that operate both free and on a sliding scale in the Lake area. We want you to be able to get the medical attention you need.

Finding a job upon release can be very difficult. It is a critical issue as many other issues are linked with being able to do so, including but not limited to caring for yourself/family, paying child support, getting a car, buying gas, paying bills, buying food, utilities… and the list goes on. There is assistance in this area as well. Educational opportunities are available as well should you choose to go in that direction. Use your resource list, talk to your probation officer, and connect with your MRP team.



2014 Tri-Lakes Resource Connection event on October 23rd

The Lake Area M.R.P. hosted the 2014 Tri-Lakes Resource Connection event on October 23rd.  Several area agencies were represented to show case a wide variety of services and programs available in a six county area!  The event provided an excellent opportunity for networking people, service providers, and community resources.  Many vendors connected with one another to benefit and expedite help to those in need.  MRP would like to express a special thanks to all vendors and guests for their participation, and our gratitude to the Church of Osage Hills for providing the use of their gymnasium!


The Missouri Reentry Process (MRP) is a State of Missouri program aimed at improving public safety and enhancing the overall transition process of offenders leaving prison and returning to Missouri communities. This program promotes a philosophical framework and promotes state and local collaboration to meet these goals.

The MRP was borne out of an initiative started in 2001 by the National Institute of Corrections. Up to that time, the policies and practices in place had actually increased prison terms for convicted felons. The “get tough on crime” efforts and public response fostered increasing intolerance of crime. Releasing discretion was overrun with instituting determinate sentences and high mandatory standards were set for minimum sentences. The goals of punishment, deterrence, and incapacitation were prioritized over rehabilitation. Prison populations exploded; costs of increasing incarcerations and operational expenses mushroomed. Austere practices were implemented cutting programs and services that could have contributed to rehabilitation in an effort to cut costs.

An attitude of “why bother to work for early release with standards that cannot be met” was adopted by many of the incarcerated. Offenders who may have done better without incarceration were thrown deeper into the criminal population. When offenders were released they lacked direction to locate services and the services were fragmented. Inter/intra agency cooperation was difficult to achieve with the organizational boundaries and different systems of operation. Those released often lacked the means, understanding and sophistication to negotiate and utilize the resources that did exist.

The unpleasant outcomes were at least threefold:

  1. The policies and societal responses to crime only increased the costs to a point that could not be maintained even in the best of times.
  2. Communities were even at greater risk as a result of the failed policies.
  3. Offenders who may have been able to transition back to being successful contributing members of society were failing.

Accountability of offenders is essential but it was realized that the issue was to provide the research and measurable outcomes for successful offender integration into the community while protecting the public interest. The federal government thus instituted a federal program in 2001 to develop and implement a new program based on best practices, research and measurable outcomes. The Transition From Prison to Community Initiative was the outcome.

Federal: National Institute of Corrections Initiative

In 2001, the National Institute of Corrections Initiative was launched. The Transition from Prison to Community Initiative (TPC) was focused on gathering research and taking the best practice thinking. The ultimate goal became to provide a tool to corrections agencies that would present evidence based direction and to show the importance of collaboration.

Missouri was one of eight states to be chosen to implement and provide the information to improve the outcomes of the project. The others added after Missouri were Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

The importance of systemic change and collaboration was indeed an important outcome, and it was clear that it must run deep into the community. It is not just collaboration with corrections and professional agencies, but also with community on every level including community organizations, the faith based community, the offender and their families, victims and their families, and community volunteers.

In 2008, The tool developed was the TPC Reentry Handbook. It includes descriptions of the efforts made by each of the states and provides the measures from each of the states included in the pilot programs they initiated. The measured outcomes confirm that the changes are having an impact.

Missouri’s Response: 
In 2002, Missouri was the first of eight states chosen by the NIC as a demonstration site for the TPC initiative, Missouri named their program the Missouri Reentry Process; the MRP. This model promotes state and local collaboration and provides a philosophical framework for “stakeholder agencies” to promote common interests, integrate policies and services and improve the overall transition process of those offenders leaving prison and returning to Missouri communities.

The Department of Corrections has over 30,000 incarcerated inmates, 97% who will return home to our communities throughout the state. Each year there are approximately 20,000 inmates released back into the community. If offenders are released without the appropriate and necessary tools to be productive members of society, they have a greater potential to be a threat to public safety and are at risk to re-offend.

There has been positive evidence of success since those beginnings. The 2011 MRP Report to the Governor opens with the following remarks:

“Almost 97 percent of the people now in Missouri’s prisons will one day be released. Overall, the Missouri Department of Corrections recidivism rate has been declining since 2005, however, for inmates released in 2009, within two years 35% of offenders being released for the first time (excluding parole violators) return to prison; 40% of all offenders released (including parole violators) return within two years. These figures represent progress – for offenders released in 2006 these percentages were greater with 40.5% of offenders being released for the first time returning to prison within two years and 45.3% of all offenders being released returning within two years. These numbers demonstrate a positive change for the state of Missouri and show us that where the challenges are greater, the services are more impactful. The Department of Corrections and partnering agencies are proud of the efforts to date, however, we know that more can be done to reduce this rate of recidivism. For each new crime there is a new victim and new costs to Missouri’s communities. The Missouri Reentry Process has been working with partners to reverse the trend of increasing recidivism and make preparation for release and community supervision more effective despite the increasingly difficult economic times. We continue to be committed to building on the foundation of collaborative work that has been done since the outset of the Missouri Reentry Process”.

Our Community Missouri Reentry Process

So there is evidence the program is having an impact. But there is much yet to do on the community level to reach the ultimate goals of the federal and state governments. The goals of enhancing public safety and improving recidivism on the local level require the commitment and partnership of the community on all levels. Total community involvement offers its own challenges not the least of which is the attitudes toward offenders being released. But it is clear that everyone can benefit from this action.

The Missouri Department of Corrections has been working on changing how it responds to offenders. There has been steady progress on:

  • Institutional programming
  • Assessment and intake procedures
  • Transition planning, case management
  • Release decision making
  • Community supervision and service evaluation
  • Partnering with other organizations and service providers

February 13, 2008 marked the first local steering committee meeting for Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties. It was titled the Lake Area Missouri Re-entry Process (Lake Area MRP). The mission of the Steering Group is: to promote successful reentry of offenders into the community at the local level through the close collaboration of the group members in order to increase offender responsibility, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety.”

From this beginning local strategic and tactical partnerships have been formed to integrate and coordinate basic policies, and to sustain and nurture those partnerships and policies over time. On-going effort in focused on the involvement of the community and those partners to directly affect and enhance the success of released offenders in personal and tangible ways.


At the same time that we were “getting tough on crime” and attempting to deter crime by toughening up on deserved punishment and trying to make our neighborhoods safer by locking up the people who were threatening the public safety, studies were being done that would show we were heading in the wrong direction if we wanted to be effective. This called for systemic change not just in policies and practices but also in attitudes down to the personal level… a long term and difficult challenge. As a result of the initiatives that were begun in 2002, a new fact based, measurable model was developed and is now being implemented on a broad basis.

The costs of incarceration not only in terms of expanding institutions to contain the increasing number offenders incarcerated, but also on the judicial system could not be contained. Further, this direction for use of the funds to be applied did little to discourage and even less to rehabilitate.

Greater numbers of offenders are becoming eligible for release and they are ill prepared to be successful on a long term basis. This translates to the public safety being not only at risk with first offenders but also with those released with no preparation for success. Recidivism rates show us this is what was happening and should at the very least heighten our awareness of the lack of effectiveness of our previous interventions (or lack thereof).

Research is defining specific practices that can enhance community safety and reduce the recidivism failures. We have a local steering team and steady efforts are being made on behalf of our community. But it takes everyone, all the way down to those personally affected… the victims and citizens of each community. This is the challenge for all of us.

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