Kan. Mentoring Program For Convicts Reaches Goal

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas officials plan to announce that a
major goal has been met in a program that matches mentors with
convicts to teach the life skills they will need when they get out
of prison.

The so-called Mentoring4Success initiative pairs mentors with
inmates six to 12 months before their release to reduce the
inmates' risk of committing other crimes and returning to prison.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts will
attend a news conference with representatives from the program on

The search for additional mentors continues because about 4,700
people are released from prison each year. About half of them need
help with housing, employment, family and other issues.

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