Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is pushing expansion of his religion initiative among convicts, saying he wants to match state prisoners with faith-based mentors, reports the Lawrence Journal-World. Brownback has already given the green light to a new faith-based division in the state's welfare agency. The Department of Corrections is ready to roll out Mentoring 4 Success, he said.
The state prison system will work with Prison Fellowship Ministries, Reaching Out From Within and the ecumenical Spiritual Advisors to help inmates succeed when they are released from prison, he said. State Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts said of the 5,000 inmates released from the Kansas prison system last year, approximately 1,100 came back to prison for violations. The goal is to reduce that number, Roberts said.