Supportive Reentry

Supportive reentry services for recently incarcerated people aim to reduce the likelihood of repeat criminal involvement.


The City of St. Louis plans to offer community-based supportive reentry services to reduce the likelihood of repeat criminal legal system involvement.

The services aim to help individuals identify their goals while incarcerated and continue making progress on their goals following their release, tailor opportunities and services to individuals’ specific needs and interests, and build trusting relationships.


Supportive re-entry programs will provide direct services in the community to address a variety of needs that often arise as individuals transition from incarceration to life in the community.

  • Employment-related supportive services include direct placement in unsubsidized permanent employment, job training and job readiness workshops (may be paid), resume writing, soft skills development, obtaining professional clothing, career certifications, rap sheet clean-up, and assistance obtaining identification and vital documents.
  • Therapeutic services include substance dependence, decision-making, self-management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Social service supports include mental health services, substance use treatment, physical healthcare, basic and higher education programming and support (e.g., literacy, GED/HSE, college readiness), family support, mediation, and reunification (including parenting classes), assistance identifying and securing emergency, temporary, and/or permanent housing, financial literacy education, benefits and Medicaid enrollment, child care on-site and/or connections to external child care options, health education, legal services, voting registration and civic engagement education.

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