About Missouri Department of Corrections
The Missouri Department of Corrections improves the lives of Missouri citizens by ensuring they are safe from lawbreakers. It utilizes the service of over 1000 employees who supervise about 23,000 incarcerated individuals and about 62,000 individuals on probation and parole. Since about 96% of incarcerated individuals are released from correctional facilities, MO DOC provides them with rehabilitative programs to make them law-abiding community members.
In a bid to achieve its mission, the Department has several divisions mandated with respective responsibilities. The Division of Human Services trains and equips the DOC staff with skills, professionalism and improves their work environment. MODOC develops the talents of its staff and addresses their health, wellness, and safety to ensure that they take part in reforming the lawbreakers.
MODOC’s Division of Adult Institutions manages the 21 correctional facilities in Missouri. Further, it provides inmates with specialized programs and services depending on individual needs. In addition to these programs, the Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services provides additional rehabilitation services. These include academic, vocational, and substance use disorder treatment.
On the other hand, the Division of Probation and Parole supervises all individuals the court has ordered to probation. More so, the division supervises inmates released on parole or conditional release.
The Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services
The Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services develops offender programs aimed at transforming the lives of offenders. These programs address the medical and mental health issues, vocational training, treating sex and substance use disorders, and education and workforce development.
To prepare inmates for successful reintegration into the community and reduce recidivism, MODOC provides educational programs to prisoners through the Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services. Incarcerated individuals without GED or high school diplomas can benefit from Adult Basic Education.
More so, inmates can participate in the following educational programs:
- Career and Technical Programs: These consist of school, work, and community activities that offenders in the state involve themselves in.
- School-based Programs: The prison system offers vocational programs like carpentry, business technology, and cosmetology.
- Literacy programs: Literacy classes provide inmates with limited reading skills with materials and instructions.
- Special Education program: The program targets offenders with disabilities.
Missouri Statute 217.230 directs that the prison system provides inmates with health care services. Through a contract basis, the Medical Services provides a managed-care system that focuses on health care education, prevention of chronic health issues, disease prevention, and immediate medical interventions. Every correctional center has nurses and physicians in the medical unit, which provides medical services to inmates. Additionally, MODOC correctional facilities offer the following ancillary medical services:
- Dental and Optometric care
- Physical therapy
- Emergency care
- Minor surgical procedures
The correctional facilities also utilize community clinics for emergency care and inpatient care. The Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center provides mammography services. The Medical Services section's goal is to ensure that inmates receive the best medical services and that they are medically stable when the prison system releases them.
Mental Health Services
During the inmate’s intake process, medical officers evaluate the offenders at the reception and diagnostic centers to determine if they need mental health services. The screening process also assists the medical services team in deciding what services to provide each individual. Besides screening, an inmate can request mental health services at any time while serving.
The Department also provides specialized programs for inmates with developmental disabilities or severe mental illness. The Farmington Correctional Center, a 100-bed unit, offers a long-term structured setting for mentally ill prisoners. This center also contains a Correctional Treatment which can house 20 inmates in need of a more protected environment. Females can get mental health services at the Chillicothe Correctional Center. More so, mentally ill offenders in maximum security facilities get treatment services in the Secure Social Rehabilitation Unit in Jefferson City Correctional Center.
Substance Use and Recovery Treatment Services
According to a Substance Use Disorder Screening that DOC conducted, 83% of inmates were engaged in substance misuse within 12 months before their imprisonment. In this regard, the Department developed various substance use disorder programs for inmates in correctional centers or under probation/parole.
The Department has treatment beds across all minimum- and maximum-security facilities that provide long-term (12 months), six-month, or short-term (approximately 84 days) SUD treatment services.
Since 2001, the MODOC has been drug testing offenders in correctional facilities and under parole and probation supervision. Every month, the Department randomly selects 5% of all offenders for urinalysis testing. Additionally, 5% of previously tested offenders are picked for target testing. The tests assist the Department in evaluating their work and send offenders to appropriate programs in the community or correctional institutions.
Missouri Vocational Enterprises
The Missouri Vocational Enterprises program produces a wide range of products and services for non-profit organizations, county/city governments, and other agencies. MVE increases employment and training opportunities for inmates, a move that promotes the release of productive and law-abiding offenders.
MVE operates 22 industries in 12 correctional centers located across the state. Further, it employs approximately 1400 inmates every month. These inmates produce such products and services as:
- Signs and Toner Cartridge recycling
- Chemical products
- Engraving license plate factory
- Office system installation and manufacturing
- Plastic bags and cardboard carton manufacturing
The Division of Adult Institutions
The Division of Adult Institutions manages the correctional centers and ensures the security of inmates, the staff, and prisoner visitors. The division has an inmate classification system which is based on factors such as:
- Length of the inmate’s sentence
- Type of crime the offender committed
- Offender’s needs for specialized programs
This division provides all inmates with library services to support their recreational, educational, and informational needs. MODOC libraries resemble public libraries and also houses legal resources to offenders. Inmates in Missouri are free to get legal reference assistance during their jail term.
Besides library services, the Division of Adult Institutions provides religious and spiritual programs to incarcerated individuals. These programs facilitate religious faith practices and encourage personal spiritual development for offenders. The Department chaplains manage the religious programs and provide inmates with spiritual counseling and support.
MODOC provides inmates with phone call services to keep in touch with their loved ones. Inmates can make a collect, debit, or prepaid call via Securus. It is illegal for inmates to hold three-way calls or toll-free calls. Prisoners' loved ones must set up an account with Securus to receive a collect or prepaid call. Alternatively, inmates can purchase debit minutes in the institution's canteen or kiosk and make phone calls.
All inmates under the custody of Missouri DOC have an account for funds to purchase commissary items. Loved ones can deposit funds to the offender's account via JPay, money order, or cashier’s check.
MODOC’s Probation and Parole
The Missouri DOC utilizes the Division of Probation and Parole to supervise felony offenders who the courts have ordered to probation. It also manages individuals who the Parole Board has released to parole or conditional release. The division has over 40 district offices, a community release center, and six community supervision centers. Additionally, the division has a Command Center which tracks probationers and parolees using electronic monitoring. This command center ensures that offenders adhere to the regulations such as curfew.
The Probation and Parole division has several programs that promote the offenders' public safety and rehabilitation process. These programs include:
- Electronic monitoring
- Community sex offender registration and treatment
- Cognitive skills development program
- Employment opportunities
Puppies for Parole Program
This program partners with animal shelters and advocates groups in Missouri to rescue dogs. The partnership is to provide select inmates with an opportunity to train rescue dogs. Offenders socialize with the dogs and make them more adoptable while teaching them basic obedience skills. The Puppies for parole program started in 2010, has led to the rescue and adoption of more than 6,000 dogs.
The inmates, through the program, acquire formal training, on-the-job skills, individualized study, and earn a nationally-recognized certificate in animal handling. The skills lead to successful inmates' rehabilitation, promote public safety, and reduce the recidivism rate.
Missouri DOC Inmate Search
Missouri DOC Offender Locator is a database that the public members can search on active offenders in correctional facilities or on parole or probation. The Missouri prisoner lookup does not provide information on offenders who are no longer under the custody of Missouri DOC. Additionally, the MODOC offender search may not make a particular offender's information available due to safety or confidentiality reasons.
You can search for information on offenders under the supervision of MODOC using either the DOC ID or the inmates’ names. The search provides the details of the offenders, whether incarcerated or on probation. More so, it gives information on where an offender is currently serving and the facility's location.