Progress seen in JJA overhaul

State News

December 27, 2019 - 9:56 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has been putting fewer juvenile offenders in its detention center and lessening their time on probation in the three years since it overhauled its juvenile justice system to handle offenders in their home communities, a new report said Thursday.

The oversight committee issuing the report recommended doubling the state’s annual spending on juvenile justice programs to nearly $22 million, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

State lawmakers overhauled juvenile justice in 2016 over criticism that youth were removed from their homes and sent to residential facilities or correctional institutions too often. Advocates pressed for programs to cut repeat offending and deal with troubled youth early.

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