Department of Corrections to Start New Program

The Missouri Department of Corrections will be starting a new approach to ward off building additional prisons. Starting in September, the Department will begin a pilot program in three counties that offer drug treatment and other services, mainly for women, who are on probation or parole. The goal is to wrap these services around the individuals to prevent them from going back to prison. Running at 105% capacity, with more than 36,000 inmates, the Department of Corrections is looking at building a new women’s prison by 2020 if nothing changes. The pilot program was one of many recommendations that the Justice Reinvention Task Force listed in their final report given to the governor in 2017.