On November 19, 2021 Dismas House of St. Louis, the nation’s first residential reentry center for individuals completing prison sentences, received notice today that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has awarded a new contract for providing individual assistance to clients nearing their release from incarceration in the greater St. Louis area.

The current Dismas House contract with the BOP is scheduled to expire February 28, 2022. The new contract is scheduled to begin March 1, 2022 and is to be administered by another entity.

The BOP did not provide reasons for why the new contract is to be awarded to an entity other than Dismas House of St. Louis. Dismas House is confident that the proposal submitted to the BOP to renew its contract would deliver maximum value for the taxpayer and is built on a record that is second-to-none in providing successful second chances for individuals reentering our community.

“This is surprising news. Nonetheless, our incredible team will continue to operate from this point forward as we always have, with the highest dedication to our clients and the community,” said John House, Dismas House Federal Program Director.

“Our administrative team maintains a great plan for our 50+ employees; paying good wages, tuition reimbursement, and exceptional medical benefits. We always keep our employees’ best interests firmly in mind,” said Carly Haas, Dismas House Human Resources Director.

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, the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson counties in Missouri, and Madison, Monroe, Jersey and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.

Dismas House of St. Louis received the very first BOP contract for federal residential reentry services in the region and has implemented it without interruption ever since, indicative of our exceptional success rate serving clients.

Questions can be directed to Tara Barrett, Communications Director, at 314-361-2802 ext. 125.

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