St. Louis – March 28, 2023 – Dismas House of St. Louis, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that provides residential reentry services to justice involved individuals in the St. Louis and surrounding communities, will continue providing those services under a contract extension from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The extension will be effective April 1, 2023, and be in place through March 31, 2024, according to the BOP notification provided to Dismas House in March 2023.

Dismas House, the nation’s first Residential Reentry Center (RRC) for justice involved individuals, has operated the federal contract for approximately four decades. This is the second contract extension awarded to Dismas House in two years. The BOP is in the process of awarding a longer-term contract for RRC in the St. Louis region.

“We are pleased to continue providing support for justice involved individuals who are on their journey to transition back to our community,” said Dismas House Chief Executive Officer Kevin Walk. “Our team of exceptional professionals is dedicated to doing all they can to provide these individuals with successful second chances.”

Continuous Improvements and Investments by Dismas House of St. Louis

Without interruption, Dismas House of St. Louis leaders continue to make significant long-term investments in facilities and staff to continuously improve the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.

  • Over the past three years, the property has been upgraded with a new dormitory, remodeled bathrooms and kitchen, a renovated common area, and an ADA-compliant room with laundry and showers in the room.
  • Dismas House has replaced GPS-based ankle monitors with new state-of-the-art GPS technology that utilizes smartphones and biometrics. The new technology also has the capability to integrate community-based resources while providing enhanced communication and more precise monitoring capabilities.
  • Staff salary levels have increased faster than inflation and remain above Federal required minimums. In addition, employee benefits have been improved with the addition of several benefits.
  • Dismas House of St. Louis is one of the few residential reentry centers in the U.S. with a full kitchen and a dedicated staff preparing three meals per day, following a menu approved by a dietitian each quarter.

The Dismas House Board of Directors has been expanded to add additional community leaders and technical expertise. Dismas House has a new executive leadership team that has been active in implementing new systems, enhancing internal and operational controls, and engraining them continuously into the culture of the organization. Information about the current board and administration team is available at the organization’s website:

PR Contact: Tara Barrett

Phone number: (314) 361-2802 ext. 125


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About Dismas House of St. Louis

Dismas House is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1959 by Reverend Charles “Dismas” Clark as America’s original halfway house. The concept has become an integral part of the U. S. criminal justice system. Dismas House of St. Louis currently serves as the BOP Residential Reentry Center (RRC) for the Greater Metropolitan Area of St. Louis. The area includes the city of St. Louis; St. Louis County, St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties in Missouri; and Madison, Monroe, Jersey and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.