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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.

Offender Reentry and Substance Abuse White Paper

More than 270 Attend STAR Summit II
New White Paper Released

The first in a series of “white papers” issued by the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) is being released today (Tuesday, March 15) during a regional summit addressing prisoner reentry topics. Today’s summit is providing the community with an update on STAR’s 2010 accomplishments and 2011 goals. A documented rise in the use of heroin throughout the St. Louis region will be a topic of the summit. More than 270 people are attending STAR’s second annual community summit that features speakers such as Missouri Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and prisoner reentry experts.


2010 STAR SummitThe 2011 STAR Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley. Advanced registration is required. Deadline for on-line registration is March 4. There is a $10 registration fee per person. Lunch and parking are provided.

To register online, check back for updates.

Lutheran Foundation to Host Community Meeting

Check the Foundation's website for future events.

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis will hold an open informational meeting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at Lutheran Hope Ministries (660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis 63141). The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on one of the Foundation's funding focus areas, services to prisoners/ex-offenders and their families, and opportunities for potential funding support.

These funding focus areas were selected after several months of exploring our past grant history, current community needs, opportunity for impact, and fit with our vision.  Those familiar with the Foundation will note that the areas identified build on our past funding interests and rich heritage of improving the care of people through supporting people of faith, particularly Lutherans, as they work to improve the care of people in our community.

Sorry, This Event is Currently at Capacity. To register for the meeting, click HERE and to learn more about these funding focus areas, including services to prisoners/ex-offenders and their families. Due to space limitations, it is asked no more than two people attend from your organization. Advanced registration is required by February 28.

SLU Tackles Issue of Prison Reform and Those Who Help Offendors

Dr. Grant Kaplan teaching in the ERDCC classroom. Photo by Jim Visser, reproduced with permission of Saint Louis UniversityArticle below copyright 2010 by Universitas, the magazine of Saint Louis University. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.



An innovative program brings SLU professors behind bars

By Nick Sargent
In almost every way the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC) is not what you would expect.

 A far cry from the dark, brutal images of prison you see on TV and in movies, on a cold, early May morning the ERDCC in Bonne Terre, Mo., looks more like a sterile, rural medical complex surrounded by layers of impenetrable fences. Modern brick buildings circle an open courtyard with an outdoor basketball court located in the center of it all.

 When prisoners move across the yard, they do so in an orderly fashion. They talk among themselves in small groups, and no one is fighting. Dressed in uniform, the guards don’t yell. They are calm. But it’s clear who’s in charge and who will soon be returning to their cells.

 On the far end of the yard sits an unassuming one-story building. Walking into the building as the sun peeks over the horizon on this day is a man dressed in slacks and a sport coat. Dr. Grant Kaplan is the most unlikely looking character at this maximum security correctional center.

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