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Kansas businesses provide hope by hiring inmates

The Kansas Department of Corrections is turning to local businesses to help reduce the number of inmates who return to prison. 

"Kansas has been a leader in the nation on recidivism programs to push down recidivism rates for people that go into prison," said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. 

According to the KDOC 2016 Annual Report, the Kansas recidivism rate is 35.94-percent. This means that more than one in three Kansas inmates are arrested for a new crime within three years of their release from prison.

Now, more than two dozen private companies in Kansas are trying to make a difference by employing an average of 840 inmates each year.