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.

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. Additional white papers on various reentry topics such as mental health and employment/education and will be released in the coming weeks.

Click here to Download STAR’s Substance Abuse White Paper