The state of Missouri is turning its attention to the development of more effective corrections strategies. Officials say new strategies and programs have been designed to assist offender success after release and decrease the risk that they will become a repeat offender. Officials made these changes after conducting research and receiving recommendations from the Council of State Governments. Officials say in 2017, the state had the nation’s eighth-highest incarceration rate and fastest-growing female prison population. More than half of new prison admissions were not related to new crimes. On Monday, officials announced a $200,000 grant from the Urban Institute and a partnership with the University Of Missouri School Of Social Work. The grant will be used for research and aims to assist MODOC in revitalizing rehabilitation for state residents within the criminal justice system. The grant comes with $100,000 for on-site prison research innovation management and $100,000 to go towards research activities; and technical assistance from professionals with the Urban Institute, Arnold Ventures, the network’s advisory board and peer agencies. Officials said this project is expected to take place over the course of 4.5 years. It will begin at Moberly Correctional Center in the northeast part of the state.