For the past several years the Missouri General Assembly has approved $2 million of General Revenue funds for community re-entry grants to help ex-offenders successfully transition back into society. Two Catholic agencies that have been awarded money from the grants are the Criminal Justice Ministry in St. Louis (affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis) and the TurnAround Program in Kansas City (affiliated with Catholic Charities).
With the grant money these agencies provide basic supplies (clothes/toiletries), vital papers (IDs, birth certificates), employment counseling, case management services, plus housing and transportation assistance to ex-offenders coming back into the community. Both of these programs have high success rates, keeping over 90% of their clients from returning to prison. Helping ex-offenders become law-abiding, tax-paying citizens saves the state in prison costs and keeps our communities safer.
Unfortunately in June, Governor Nixon vetoed funding for the re-entry grants for FY 2016. The MCC supports this program and is working to find ways to restore funding for the program.
Posted: August 15, 2014