Services for Ex-offenders and Their Families



Best Practice Resources

In the Spring of 2013, Megan Foster, a graduate-level intern from Washington University in St. Louis’s School of Social Work, conducted a comprehensive review of effective services for ex-offenders. Click the link above for a summary of her work. Lutheran Foundation is making this information available to help organizations identify and provide the best services possible for those they serve.

St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR)
STAR is a community collaborative effort design to enhance ex-offender self-sufficiency, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety and community health in St. Louis City and County.

Urban Institute
Gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues.  The organization houses extensive information on prisoners and ex-offenders.

National Reentry Resource Center
Provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. Excellent source for data on reentry.

Evidence Based Programming
The Office of Justice Programs’ uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On you will find  research on program effectiveness reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers, easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program achieves its goals, and key program information and research findings. The site is continually being updated.