Juvenile Justice Authority http://kmuw.org en Corrections Tightening Security At Topeka Juvenile Complex http://kmuw.org/post/corrections-tightening-security-topeka-juvenile-complex <p></p><p>The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka&#39;s juvenile detention facility. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:50:59 +0000 Associated Press 24371 at http://kmuw.org Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority http://kmuw.org/post/committee-backs-govs-reorganization-juvenile-justice-authority <p>A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.</p><p>Brownback signed an order last month to move the Juvenile Justice Authority inside the Department of Corrections. The JJA is currently an independent agency.</p><p>Supporters of the reorganization point to legislative audits that showed repeated safety and security problems in a facility run by the JJA.</p><p>Representative John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee, says the move is needed to improve the agency.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:48:03 +0000 Stephen Koranda 12349 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.07.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-20713 <p><em>Gov's&nbsp;reorganization of JJA gets more support; Legislators question Brownback's&nbsp;tax plan; Kansas housing organizations get money to help renters.</em></p><p><strong>Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority</strong></p><p>A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/committee-backs-govs-jja-reorganization-order">More...</a></p><p><strong>Kansas Official Faces Questions On Business Taxes</strong></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:33:27 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 12352 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.07.13 Top Morning News 01.21.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-012113 <p><em>Brownback&nbsp;moves to merge JJA and Department of Corrections; Lawmakers looking to make more tax cuts in 2013 session; City of Wichita to consider water usage. &nbsp;</em></p><p><strong>Brownback To Merge Juvenile, Adult Corrections</strong></p><p>Governor Sam Brownback has submitted an executive order to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with its adult Department of Corrections.</p><p>The order takes effect in July unless either the House or Senate reject it.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:48:18 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 11471 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 01.21.13 Despite Major Strides In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System, Racial Disparities Still Persist http://kmuw.org/post/despite-major-strides-sedgwick-county-juvenile-justice-system-racial-disparities-still-persist <p>The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.</p><p>The study, carried out by the Nebraska company Objective Advantage, analyzed data statewide including data from Kansas Judicial District 18, which includes all of Sedgwick County.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:24:16 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 11053 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 01.11.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-011113 <p><em>Study results reveal continuing disparities in minority youth detention rates; Brownback names interim secretary for Department of Administration; Community leaders meet to discuss legislative priorities.</em></p><p><strong>Racial Disparities Persist In Sedgwick&nbsp;County Juvenile Justice System</strong></p><p>The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:37:30 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 11057 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 01.11.13 Study Finds Racial Disparities Persist In Kansas Juvenile Justice System http://kmuw.org/post/study-finds-racial-disparities-persist-kansas-juvenile-justice-system <p>The preliminary results of a statewide assessment on the overrepresentation of minority youth in Kansas’ juvenile justice system will be presented at a community forum next week.</p><p>The forum is an event to solicit community input and present research findings from a study commissioned by the state of Kansas on disproportionate minority contact- or DMC.</p><p>DMC occurs when minority youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white counterparts.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 12:06:46 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 10746 at http://kmuw.org Brownback Seeks To Merge JJA With Corrections http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-seeks-merge-jja-corrections <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with the Department of Corrections. The governor says he’ll propose an executive reorganization order in the coming legislative session to merge the two agencies.</p><p>Brownback says a Legislative Post Audit report this summer showed that the social services approach of previous administration failed to provide safety and security. He says the merger will improve safety, and that programs proven to get youth back on the right path will continue.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:54:06 +0000 Bryan Thompson 9689 at http://kmuw.org Brownback Seeks To Merge JJA With Corrections Top Morning News 12.11.12 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-121112 <p><em>State drops projected budget shortfall; Brownback will try and merge JJA&nbsp;with corrections in next legislative session; KS BOE to consider allowing PE credit for JROTC.</em></p><p><strong>State's Projected Budget Shortfall Drops To $295M</strong></p><p>The Kansas Legislature's research staff has revised its projections for the budget shortfall facing the state next year, dropping it to $295 million.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 9693 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 12.11.12 Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving http://kmuw.org/post/juvenile-justice-official-says-topeka-facility-improving <p>A recent, two-part audit pointed out significant problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. The first part of the audit found safety and security problems. The second part criticized the facility's education and substance abuse programs.</p><p>But, the head of the state's juvenile corrections system testified before lawmakers Thursday&nbsp;and said the facility is improving.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:33:26 +0000 Stephen Koranda 9235 at http://kmuw.org Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving