Study: Juvenile arrests in Kansas drop as reforms get underway

State News

April 26, 2019 - 3:21 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A study shows that fewer juveniles have been arrested and held in the Kansas juvenile justice system while the state has been investing in alternatives to incarceration.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Pew Charitable Trusts found that the number of juvenile arrests in Kansas fell by 29% between 2015 and 2017. Researchers say the state’s population of youth placed in detention facilities or group homes declined by 63% from 2015 to 2018.

The changes align with when Kansas began funneling budget savings into community-based therapy and intervention programs designed to keep families together. Lawmakers passed a bill in 2016 to redirect at-risk youth into alternative programs.

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