juvenile detention

Richard Ross

Kansas currently ranks in the bottom 10 states when it comes to incarceration rates among juveniles. A growing number of people throughout Kansas want to see changes in how communities handle offenders under the age of 18.

A new organization out of Lawrence is traveling throughout Kansas to draw attention to this issue. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur spoke with Benet Magnuson, the leader of the organization.

Shawnee County has started feeding its juvenile inmates more after finding their behavior improves when portion sizes increase.

As a test, in July, the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center began doubling the size of the meals it serves to the 10- to 17-year-olds incarcerated there. The center also replaced each evening's sugary snack with fresh fruit.

Staff members saw a noticeable improvement in the behavior and educational program performance of young inmates.

Richard Ross

There are about 70,000 young people in juvenile detention centers or correctional faculties in the United States. Richard Ross spent the past seven years documenting the lives of American juveniles who have been housed in these facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist, and, occasionally, harm them. The culmination of this work is a project titled Juvenile in Justice at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.