A plan to merge the state’s juvenile and adult correctional systems goes into effect today, following the legislature’s approval and months of preparation.jail
Governor Sam Brownback proposed an executive reorganization order at the beginning of the 2013 Kansas Legislative session to incorporate the Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) into the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC).
Since its inception as a cabinet-level agency in 1997, JJA has often been scrutinized for lack of supervision, insufficient programing, and mismanagement. The criticism contained in a recent audit prompted Brownback to recommend the management of juvenile correctional services be moved under KDOC.
“Moving JJA to KDOC will increase the emphasis on safety while continuing to provide programs proven to get our youth back on the right path,” said Brownback of the reorganization order….
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