Mentoring Adult Offenders in Kansas
Mentoring is a key component to reduce recidvism in Kansas.
This community-based statewide initiative delivers mentoring services to help offenders safely and successfully return to communities. Nearly 4,700 offenders leave prison each year and many need help finding employment/housing, getting connected to services/treatment and reuniting safely with neighborhoods/families. Mentors support the work of correctional case workers and service/treatment providers by assisting offenders in reaching their reentry plan goals. Mentors are also instrumental in helping offenders establish a life of pro-social activities and meaningful engagement within their communities.
Our goal is to ensure that every offender leaving prison has the opportunity to work with a mentor. Guided by community service organizations working closely with the Department of Corrections, mentors are trained and matched to offenders six to 12 months prior to an offender's release from prison. Services are also continually monitored and evaluated to ensure the most effective mentoring practices are used.