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.
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Brownback To Merge Juvenile, Adult Corrections
Governor Sam Brownback has submitted an executive order to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with its adult Department of Corrections.
The order takes effect in July unless either the House or Senate reject it.
The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.
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.