St. Louis – February 16, 2022 – Dismas House of St. Louis, the nation’s first residential reentry center for justice involved individuals, has received informal notice from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that they intend to exercise their option to extend service with Dismas House of St. Louis, which was due to expire February 28, 2022. Dismas House awaits official notification from the BOP regarding the terms of the extension for the residential reentry services contract, which the organization has successfully held for nearly 40 years.

The November news that a new BOP contract was originally going to a new entity did not deter Dismas House from its mission to provide the best possible service to clients.

“As an industry leader, with a successful record, we are confident that we will continue to provide the best services possible to justice involved individuals in the St. Louis Metro area,” said Anthony Arington, Chief Operations Officer at Dismas House.

Dismas House CEO Kevin Walk, who joined the organization in July 2021, praised the unwavering dedication of the organization’s employees in helping justice involved clients return to the community.

“I am incredibly proud of the Dismas House team. They have held their heads high and continue to put our clients at the forefront of everything they do,” Walk said. “I am confident with our great team, current and future investments in reentry that we have and will make, Dismas House will continue to provide successful second chances for clients returning to the community.”

Dismas House serves as the BOP residential reentry center 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.

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 is guided by a Board of Directors and professionals driven to make the region a better place for everyone. For additional information, contact Tara Barrett, Communications Director, at 314-361-2802 ext. 125.