The Kansas Department of Corrections met with local local law enforcement officials of southeast Kansas to talk about the challenges the state's prison system is facing, as well as to recognize the things they're doing right. Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts gave News Talk KZRG an over view of some of the challenges they're facing.
"We have an increasing percentage of violent offenders in our prison system, and we have to select the right staff, and pay them appropriately in order to keep them."
On the contrary, introducing offenders to programs like Mentors4Success has proven to be a success in keeping those offenders from recommitting crimes. Roberts explains.
"Those offenders that are matched with a mentor are about half as likely to come back to prison. The unconditional love and guidance they get from mentors, as well as the help they get to address challenging situations that they don't always have good solutions for."
He says their hope for the future is to be able to provide more interventions to those with mental illness , and addictions to all of the correctional facilities throughout the state.