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Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Center

FRDC is dedicated to providing effective correctional services to the State of Missouri with over 425 full time state employees. FRDC is always on the lookout for hard working, motivated individuals who have a desire to learn and grow in a promising career.

FRDC Overview

Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center (FRDC) opened its doors as the State of Missouri’s first reception-diagnostic facility on February 19, 1987. Since then, FRDC has proven to be a highly efficient and secure processing center, housing more than 1,300 offenders. During the first two weeks after an offender arrives at FRDC they go through the diagnostic process which includes, a mental health screening, medical needs assessment, and educational evaluation from trained professionals. Offenders are then seen by the classification staff at which time they go through an assessment based on numerous criteria to ensure that they are placed in a facility that is best suited to their needs. In addition to the R & O (reception and orientation) offender population, FRDC also houses 200 perm cadre offenders.

Custody Staff

FRDC employs 281 custody staff which is comprised of 236 corrections officers (COI) who provide front line supervision of the offender population, 30 sergeants (COII) who provide front line supervision and assistance to the corrections officers, 9 lieutenants (COIII) who proved supervision for specific zones within the institution and act as the shift commander in the absence of the captain, 5 captains (CSI) who are responsible for maintaining proper staffing levels and oversees the overall security of the staff, offenders, institution and public, and 1 major (CSII) who is the Chief of Custody and has the responsibility of the institution as a whole.

Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The FRDC Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) is comprised of a group of staff members who are skilled and trained to respond during emergency situations that prove to be a threat to the safety and security of the staff, offenders, institution, or the general public.

Training Department

The training department at FRDC plays an important role in the operations of the institution by providing the necessary training to all staff. This includes training in firearms, defensive tactics, CPR/First Aid/AED, policy and procedures, stress management and many others. The training department is also responsible to ensure that all newly hired staff attend orientation, basic training and successfully completes their on the job training period with the institution.

Classification Services

The classification unit at FRDC consists of staff that are responsible for classifying the offenders to ensure they are housed in the correct units and at the correct institution upon transfer. They oversee the daily operations in the housing units such as transfers, work assignments, visiting and clothing issue. FRDC housing units house offenders in general population, administrative segregation, protective custody, the treatment program, or diagnostic needs.

Education Department

The education staff is a group of diagnosticians whose purpose is to provide an objective, uniform, academic and vocational screening or assessment of all clients who enter the Missouri Department of Corrections through the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center. As part of this screening or assessment goal, we determine and assign the educational score and vocational score (E-Score and the V-Score) initially assigned and/or reclassified. In FY ’13 the Education Unit started a program using screening information to allow offenders with high scores on those assessments to study for High School Equivalency testing at FRDC so they are ready to test when they get to their next camp.

Library Services

The Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Library patterns itself as a public library, with the exception of the legal library. Items available to the Perm Cadre, in addition to books, are music CD’s and cassettes, books on tape, video media, newspapers and magazines. The FRDC library is unique in the fact that it is made up of three separate rooms allowing the Reception & Orientation (R&O) population to remain separated from the Perm Cadre (except for the library workers).

Food Service

The food service department is responsible for preparing offender meals and also provides meals for staff in the staff dining room. FRDC prepares the majority of the menu items daily, with the main entree portion of the meals being received from the Cook Chill facility in Jefferson City. FRDC utilizes four dining rooms to feed the offender population with a separate dining room for staff.

Mail Room

The staff in the mail room is responsible for all incoming and outgoing mail for FRDC. They ensure that no contraband is mailed into our out of the institution and that all offender legal mail is sent in accordance with policy and procedure. The mail room staff also ensures that all departmental mail is sent to the correct locations.


The maintenance department is responsible for the care and upkeep of the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center, the Fulton Community Center and the Cremer Therapeutic Community Center’s lawn and maintenance needs. This department is staffed by twenty full time employees who are responsible for the care and tracking of parts, tools, and equipment, ensure that work orders are completed as well as planned maintenance checks monthly.

Medical Services

The Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center contracts with CORIZON to provide medical care to the offender population. Services provided to the offender population include chronic care, laboratory services, optometry services, dental care, medical specialists, emergency care, medical diets, medications, nurse sick call as well as x-rays on site.

Transition Care Unit

FRDC has an eight bed infirmary on site for use for post-op cases, acute illnesses, complicated chronic conditions, observation of injuries or suicidal patients, and/or terminal illness thereby reducing the need for off-site inpatient care.

Mental Health Services

Mental Health offers several groups to help offenders learn to deal with stressors, cope with grief, confront thinking errors, and gain valuable coping skills. Mental Health also offers a Life After Release group to help with reentry to society. Mental Health is also there in the time of crisis. Offenders in crisis are seen at the first opportunity by Mental Health. Much of the time crisis counseling with the therapist helps the offender process through the crisis and learn coping skills should the crisis occur again. However, there are times that Mental Health must place an offender on suicide watch or mental health close observation. If this becomes necessary, the offender is monitored very closely by custody and assessed daily by a psychologist or the Institutional Chief of Mental Health Services.

Substance Abuse Programs

FRDC substance abuse counselors are responsible for ensuring that offenders who are required to complete substance abuse counseling as part of their sentence requirements are in compliance. The ITC (Intensive Therapeutic Community Program) is designed to help the offenders change their lives by developing responsible life styles, habits, and to lesson victimization through a spiritual based program.

Records Department

This department is responsible for the creation and maintenance of all the offender files for FRDC. This includes the sentence and judgment file as well as the classification files. The records department is also responsible for boxing and sending offender files to whatever institution the offender is transferred to or the archives when they are released.

Business Office

The Business Office staff consists of a business manager, an account clerk II, three storekeepers II, and two storekeepers I. Areas under the supervision of the Business office include all financial aspects of the institution involving purchasing, offender wages, offender canteen, warehouse, food service commodities and property/supply control.

Recreation Department

The Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center Recreation Department is responsible for providing a comprehensive recreation program designed to contribute to the overall well-being of assigned offenders. The Recreation Department consists of three full-time staff members who organize and implement a variety of activities for the offenders. Staff members include (1) Recreation Officer III, and (2) Recreation Officer I positions. Staff are responsible for managing a large supply of recreation equipment and supplies to accommodate recreation programming. Canteen funds are requested to provide funding as necessary to facilitate programming. Program facilities consist of an 8,000 square foot gymnasium, one indoor and one outdoor full court basketball courts, two indoor and one outdoor handball courts, one indoor and one outdoor comprehensive weight training areas, one softball field, and seven half-court basketball areas for the R&O offenders to utilize. Cable television is provided in the day rooms in housing unit’s throughout the facility with the exception of housing unit #8.

Recreation staff is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all of the above facilities and equipment.

Institutional Activities Coordinator (IAC)

The IAC is responsible for arranging special events for the offender population and supervising volunteers. Volunteers perform a wide range of functions from teaching classes to grief counseling. The IAC assigns a staff member to supervise the volunteers and ensure they are in compliance with Department of Corrections policies and attends all required training.


FRDC has set visiting times for both the perm offender and the R & O offender population. Visits are held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with 2 four hour blocks of time, 9:30am to 1:30 pm and 2:30pm to 6:30 pm. The visiting room has a “kids corner” stocked with books, colors, coloring books, and games which allows the offenders the opportunity to spend some positive time with their children. Visitors are allowed to bring in enough change to allow them to purchase sodas and snacks from the visiting room vending machines. Offenders may be approved for “food visits” where family coming in to visit may bring food from outside vendors so that the offender can share a meal with their family.

Work Release Programs

The work release unit at FRDC consists of low level perm cadre offenders who have less than 4 years to complete their sentence. These offenders are considered to be low level low risk, have no convictions for violent offenses, and have no felony warrants. Work release offenders are generally assigned to work details with either the City of Fulton or Missouri Department of Transportation and are generally used for highway cleanup, mowing, weed trimming, and brush removal. Some offenders assigned to work release will work around the institution with the institutional maintenance staff.

FRDC’s Involvment in the Missouri Reentry Process

ANGER MANAGEMENT: Didactic Group Format utilizing written manual and discussion. This group is intended to increase the member’s awareness of functional impairment caused by coping skills inadequate to effectively manage anger in a positive and constructive manner. In this group experience, the individual will be expected to discuss with peers potential causal factors of anger, process alternatives, and develop interventions to utilize when experiencing uncontrollable anger. This is a 9-hour class, offered approximately every three months.

IMPACT OF CRIME ON VICTIMS CLASS (ICVC): This is a 20-hour class that is offered on a continuous basis. The objectives of this class are for the participants to a) accept responsibility for past criminal actions, 2) understand the impact of crime on victims, 3) develop personal safety skills with a focus on crime prevention, and 4) learn how to bond with healthy people and to realize that by becoming a productive member of their community it will prevent future victimization.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS: A group focusing on the development of essential work skills. The group will learn basic job hunting, interviewing and job retention skills. It also teaches typing skills and appropriate dress for interviewing.

STORYLINK: This is a program that is used to strengthen and maintain the bond between the incarcerated parent and their child/children. The parent reads a book that is burned to a CD, which is then screened and sent to the child/children. This program is conducted by members of the Parkway Prison Ministry but is not considered a religious program. The program is offered the last Saturday of each month.
PATHWAYS TO CHANGE: This class gives the offender the ability to recognize thinking errors and gives him the tools to overcome future obstacles

VIDEO COURT: Currently the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center is averaging 30 to 50 video court dates per month and continues to expand to other counties.

TRANSITIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN: Offenders no longer receive diagnostic summary reports. They now receive diagnostic TAP’s, which summarize the offender’s assets and liabilities to develop goals to improve reentry efforts. Permanent Cadre offenders continue to update their transition plan in preparation for their successful release to the community.

RESOURCE FAIRS: Resource fairs are held to provide offenders with useful information to help them be successful upon release. Various individuals from agencies and organizations in Missouri attend and give the offenders suggestions and guidance on things such as employment, housing, health care and transportation.

INSIDE OUT DADS: This class teaches good parenting skills to prepare the offender to reintegrate into their child’s life.

Restorative Justice Organization

The IAC helps coordinate all of the components for the Restorative Justice Program.

The four primary ideas that support the philosophy of Restorative Justice are:

  • Restorative Justice views crime as a violation of people and personal relationships.
  • Restorative Justice holds offenders directly accountable.
  • Restorative Justice creates community partnerships.
  • Restorative Justice offers a balanced approach to justice.

In cell projects are offered to the Perm Cadre and Reception & Diagnostic offenders. Packets containing materials to make flash cards and coloring books. The Perm Cadre also make winter scarfs using mini looms to weave these with yarn. All these items are donated within the local community and to the KidSmart program in St. Louis. All produce from the Restorative Justice garden is donated to the local food pantry. Offenders also have various fund raisers throughout the year. The profits from these are donated to various organizations such as domestic abuse shelters, Crime Victims week ceremony, Shop with a Hero program, Trunk or Treat, Buddy Pack program and also buy 200 Christmas stockings each year for SERVE.

Impact of Crime on Victims Class

The ICVC is a voluntary 20+hour class, offered to the Perm Cadre at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center. The class originated in September 2000 with seven people graduating that year. The class has slowly progressed and is now being taught on a continuing 5-week rotation, with a full class of over twenty students in attendance.

The objectives of the ICVC class are for the offenders to:

  • Accept responsibility for past criminal actions.
  • Understand the impact of the crime on victims.
  • Develop personal safety skills with a focus on crime prevention.
  • Learn how to bond with positive, health people in society.
  • Contribute to their communities in a way that will prevent future victimization

Religious Programs

The chapel is equipped to meet the spiritual needs of all ten groups that are accommodated by the Missouri Department of Corrections which includes. Other services provided by the chapel include, after care ministries, counseling, emergency family contact, religious items, religious correspondence courses, sacred books, and visiting clergy/spiritual adviser.

Receiving Unit

INTAKE SECTION: This Intake Section is responsible for the reception and identification of each arriving offender.

ASSIGNMENTS SECTION: The Assignments Section is responsible for housing each received offender according to age and sentence structure, maintaining an accurate running count of the institution for tracking the outside movement (court trips, etc.) of each offender, making deletions to the count when offenders are transferred or released and making routine and emergency housing unit moves within the entire institution.

PROPERTY ROOM: The Property Room is responsible for controlling the introduction of dangerous contraband into the facility by searching, sorting and disposing of property items in accordance with Departmental Policy. Staff also creates property files for each offender to be sent with the offender upon transfer.

Transportation Department

TRANSFER SECTION: The Transfer Section oversees the transfer of offenders to other institutions by verifying the identity of each offender, supervising offender’s releases, transfers and out counts.

Probation & Parole

The Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center probation and parole office consists of staff that are responsible for completing reports for the Courts and Parole Board to assist with the assessment and recommendations regarding the offender’s release to the community. These reports may include referrals to institutional programs such as Long Term Substance Abuse Programs, Offenders Under Treatment (OUT), Institutional Treatment Center, Community Release Center or Residential Facility. The P&P staff complete home plan investigations, release of the offenders to the community, and numerous other reports and duties.

FRDC continues to provide excellent public safety through secure confinement, holding offenders accountable for their behavior, and preparing the offenders to be law abiding and productive citizens. At the same time, FRDC serves as a good neighbor to the Fulton community and surrounding areas.