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30th National Convocation of Jail & Prison Ministry

Presence on the Edges

May 15-18, 2011 
Saint Louis, Missouri
Pear Tree Inn by Drury Inn (St. Louis Union Station)

Join colleagues in jail and prison ministry to address issues affecting persons before, during, and after incarceration with a focus on:
  • mental health
  • sex offenders
  • veterans
  • youthful offenders
  • Learn more about options within criminal justice programs and evidence-based, cost-saving alternatives to criminal sentencing. 

Gregory "Father G" Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention center in the US, and author of Tattoos on the Heart: the Power of Boundless Compassion. Book siging available.

Event is hosted in St. Louis through the leadership of the Criminal Justice Ministry of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

$295 Includes all sessions, most meals and shared double room at the Pear Tree Inn.
Register online at with a credit or debit card or print and mail registration form with check.

For more information, call, 314.775.8811

"Community Response To Heroin" Meeting Brings Collective Minds Together on April 14

A "Community Response to Heroin" meeting was held April 14 in response to discussions that began at the 2011 STAR Summit. The community meeting addressed the current reality concerning the alarming rise in the use of heroin throughout the St. Louis region and its impact on the community and reentry efforts.

An Offender Reentry and Substance Abuse White Paper has also been released by STAR. STAR's first white paper examines the issue of offender reentry and substance abuse and was co-authored by Chris Deason, Center for Women in Transition; Cynthia Hygrade, Missouri Board of Probation & Parole; Madeline Adams, St. Louis Healthy Marriage Coalition; and Karen Jones, Missouri Dept. of Social Services, Missouri Children's Division with support from additional members of STAR's "Research and Filed Building" subcommittee.

Saint Louis University School of Law Brings Together Law Enforcement Experts to Discuss Offender Reentry

Saint Louis University School of Law, in collaboration with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the United States Probation Office for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Saint Louis University School of Law Black Law Students’ Association, will host the conference “Offender Reentry: The Challenges for Law Enforcement and the Community” from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.

“Through this event, it is our goal to help articulate the mission of law enforcement in reentry in the context of the challenges facing both law enforcement and the community into which offenders return,” said Professor Eric Miller, Saint Louis University School of Law.  “In particular, the conference seeks to develop an understanding of the need for law enforcement and community to collaborate on reentry, and to propose methods of collaboration or identify what works in developing reentry programs.”

The conference brings together an impressive group of speakers from community organizations, law enforcement, academia and the judiciary, who will address issues from the local, regional and national perspectives. 

"The United States has 5 percent of the world's population, yet more than 20 percent of the total incarceration, and 97 percent will eventually be released to the community,” said Chief U.S. Probation Officer, Doug Burris, Eastern District of Missouri.  “The reentry conference organized by Saint Louis University School of Law will build reentry partnerships in our community.”

Interested attendees should register HERE.

Prisoner Reentry Efforts Let STARS Shine at Annual Summit

The St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) Summit was held March 15 at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, featuring several breakout/training sessions and key area speakers involved in the reentry process.

Over 275 people were in attendance for the Summit, which focused on efforts to assist Missouri's ex-prisoners in their efforts to return to their families, secure jobs, and avoid returning to lives of crime. The recent documented rise in heroin use in the region by ex-offenders and the general population was discussed.

Speakers for the event included ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Director of Human Services William Siedhoff, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center Analyst Mike Muin, Missouri Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi, and more.

The Summit was hosted by ARCHS, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri Department of Corrections, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County.

CVAC to Host Upcoming Trivia Night

The Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis will host a Trivia Night on Saturday, April 16 at Cardinal Ritter High School (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis 63108). Doors open at 6 p.m. and questions will begin at 7 p.m.

Cost is $160 per table, and each table sits eight people. Pre-paid tables will receive eight free 50/50 raffle tickets at registration. The event will also feature attendance prizes, a silent auction, and more.

To register or for questions, contact Jennifer Myrick at (314) 877-1176 ext. 279. All proceeds to benefit the Crime Victim Advocacy Center.

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