Leaders across the state are focusing on the Kansas Juvenile Justice system - and a former football coach is among them.
The ninth annual Governor's Conference on Juvenile Justice began Sunday in Topeka. The conference focuses on legal issues, facilities issues, community programs and services and prevention.
Former K-State head football coach Bill Snyder, one of Monday's guest speakers, focused on the prevention message. He says addressing ways to prevent crimes committed by young people begins before they do it. Snyder nows serves as head of a mentoring program for the Governor's office.
"Our mission is to try to help provide opportunities for all young people in the state of Kansas - to have mentoring available to them - and there's a great need out there, tremendous need," Snyder said.
The conference wraps up Tuesday with three more information sessions.