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Kansas Juvenile Corrections Merges with Adult System

Associated Press - July 1, 2013 10:49 am

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says unauthorized waiting lists for health care at U.S. Veterans Administration facilities like the one in Wichita are "unacceptable" after joining other governors in seeking authority for states to inspect VA facilities.

The administration of the juvenile justice system in Kansas is merging into the adult correctional system.

Gov. Sam Brownback contends the Juvenile Justice Authority will be better managed under the Department of Corrections and says money going toward administration of the JJA could instead be diverted into programs for offenders.

The Department of Corrections says in a release that the merger takes effect Monday.

Brownback removed the Juvenile Justice Authority’s top two officials last year and put a Department of Corrections official in charge. Legislative audits later questioned the authority’s handling of safety issues and suggested its education programs for young offenders aren’t up to par.

The Corrections Department houses about 9,400 adult offenders. The Juvenile Justice Authority oversees programs for 1,500 young offenders.

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