STAR's History: In September 2005, Executive Order 05-33 was signed establishing the statewide Missouri Reentry Process (MRP). The Missouri Reentry Process allowed state agencies the opportunity to address the barriers within their departments and work in a collaborative effort to increase offender success.

Based on this principle, the Missouri Eastern Region Reentry Group Effort (MERRGE) was established in 2006. MERRGE provided the opportunity for St. Louis City and County community-based and government agencies to achieve this goal in our community. In 2009, MERRGE completed a three-year strategic plan to guide its efforts in the community. The St. Louis MRP team changed its name in 2010 to the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) to better reflect its mission. STAR hosts an annual Summit and frequent coffee chats to offer educational and networking opportunities for area organizations serving justice-involved individuals. 

STAR's definition of reentry is a process of promoting public safety, individual self-sufficiency, and restorative practices by utilizing comprehensive programs, initiatives, and partnerships beginning at pre-trial and continuing through community reintegration. STAR is focused on increasing community safety through individual success.

STAR'S Mission: To integrate successful intervention principles and practices resulting in collaborative partnerships that enhance ex-offender self-sufficiency, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety and community health in St. Louis City and County.