A review of state Department of Corrections records found that within the past three years 19 Kansas inmates serving life sentences for first-degree murder have been released on parole.
A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.
Brownback signed an order last month to move the Juvenile Justice Authority inside the Department of Corrections. The JJA is currently an independent agency.
Supporters of the reorganization point to legislative audits that showed repeated safety and security problems in a facility run by the JJA.
Representative John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee, says the move is needed to improve the agency.