The number of prisoners in Kansas continues to increase, but those individuals are not being prepared for life once they have completed their sentences. Once they re-enter the community, they are at a great risk for returning to prison. Within three years, 33% of those released from a Kansas prison will have returned. That recidivism rate is much better than the national average of 68%. Still, Kansas lacks adequate resources, inside and outside of correctional facilities, to assist individuals in reentering the community. These services are essential to help individuals transition back into community and have a second
Strengthen Communities and Reduce Spending on Prisons chance. Effective programs exist in Kansas and have significantly contributed to the state’s relatively low recidivism rate. But even more progress could be made, and even greater community safety attained, if these programs received more funding and support.