Criminal Justice Ministry — Saint Louis

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CJM programs and activities address four needs:

1) for human connection when incarcerated

CJM staff and volunteers serve incarcerated persons in 4 Missouri prisons and 10 jails

  • Services, one-on-one visits, classes, pen pals, “dress-out” clothing, Kairos Inside

2) for basics when released into the St. Louis Area

  • Welcome Backpacks—with personal items
  • Bus tickets/passes—job-related
  • Emergency help for prescriptive meds
  • Referrals to needed services, e.g., employment agencies, food pantries, limited legal assistance
  • Anger Management Classes (approved by Department of Corrections to meet parole requirements)
  • NEW—Makin' It Work Classes

3) for long-term help with community connection

  • Release to Rent—year of supportive housing for men who have served long terms, can work full time, have major challenges, have no one to help
  • R2RV (Release to Rent for Veterans)—up to a year of supportive housing for eligible vets with records

4) for education and collaboration


  • Presentations with church, school, or community groups on needs of incarcerated, obstacles facing those released, legislative questions, issues including death penalty, CJM service, etc.

Collaboration with

  • St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR)
  • Empower Missouri—formerly Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW), especially the CJ Task Force
  • Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), especially the Corrections Task Force
  • C.U.R.E., especially for federal issues
  • Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP)
  • Other agencies who work closely with prisoners and ex-prisoners
  • Local and statewide groups, legislators and other leaders


22,734 contacts were made in the last year—
ranging from one-time visits to year-long supportive housing.

Criminal Justice Ministry has achieved
Gold Level status on GuideStar USA
and is an accredited charity of the BBB with an A+ Rating.

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