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Missouri Prisoner Reentry Initiative

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $900,000)

The Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) is designed to provide funding to state units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs. The PRI strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning, nonviolent prisoners. PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning inmates find work and assess other critical services in their communities. The PRI supports strategies to deliver pre-release assessments and services, and to develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers for supervised and non-supervised, nonviolent offenders.

The Missouri Reentry Program targets a population for pre-release males and females ages 18 and above convicted of non-violent crimes that are returning to the Kansas City metropolitan area and the St. Louis area. Offenders who are within 180 days of release will participate in the transitional housing unit (THU) which allows for focused preparation on reentry into the community. It is mandatory that those participants complete a 12-week Employability Skills/Life Skills and Impact of Crime on Victim classes. Also, an intense pre-release service occurs in the THU including case management and transitional accountability plan (TAP) development. Other needs are assessed during this period such as education, employment, support, mental health, substance abuse and legal issues.


Date Created: July 27, 2006