Juvenile Justice Authority

Juvenile Corrections
6:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Corrections Tightening Security At Topeka Juvenile Complex

The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka's juvenile detention facility.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:48 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority

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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News
5:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Top Morning News 2.07.13

Gov's reorganization of JJA gets more support; Legislators question Brownback's tax plan; Kansas housing organizations get money to help renters.

Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority

A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.

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Kansas Official Faces Questions On Business Taxes

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News
5:48 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Top Morning News 01.21.13

Brownback 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.  

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.

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Community
6:24 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Despite Major Strides In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System, Racial Disparities Still Persist

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.

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News
5:37 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Top Morning News 01.11.13

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.

Racial Disparities Persist In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System

The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.

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Crime
6:06 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Study Finds Racial Disparities Persist In Kansas Juvenile Justice System

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.

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.

DMC occurs when minority youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white counterparts.

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Government
5:54 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Brownback Seeks To Merge JJA With Corrections

The Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

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.

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.

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News
5:35 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Top Morning News 12.11.12

State drops projected budget shortfall; Brownback will try and merge JJA with corrections in next legislative session; KS BOE to consider allowing PE credit for JROTC.

State's Projected Budget Shortfall Drops To $295M

The Kansas Legislature's research staff has revised its projections for the budget shortfall facing the state next year, dropping it to $295 million.

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Crime and Courts
6:33 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving

A representation of the juvenile justice facility in Topeka.

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.

But, the head of the state's juvenile corrections system testified before lawmakers Thursday and said the facility is improving.

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