State Prison Conference Underway

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts has opened a statewide conference on prison ministry.

Roberts gave the keynote address Monday at the opening of the "Out for Life," conference in Wichita. The conference is organized by Prison Fellowship, a nationwide group that promotes ministry in prisons and church support for offenders after their release.

Roberts said volunteer efforts to help inmates re-enter society after serving time have had an impact in Kansas. He said he wants to expand those programs.

He called on religious groups to form a coalition of volunteers across the state to provide mentoring and support services to help inmates and reduce recidivism.

Gov. Sam Brownback is also addressed the conference Monday.

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