Sedgwick County Proposing Way to Keep Riddel Open
Associated Press - July 22, 2013 2:25 pm
A new study shows Kansas is among 14 states with a big decline in the number of immigrants who are living illegally in the United States.
Sedgwick County officials working to keep the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch open are suggesting the state should create a new classification of residential centers for juveniles.
The suggestion would create a new tier of residential juvenile homes, with the state paying more for the service.
The Riddel center in Goodard is classified as a youth residential centers II. The county considered closing the ranch this year because what the state currently pays requires the county to pay $75 per day per boy.
The Legislature approved an additional $750,000 lump sum for this fiscal year for the ranch. The Wichita Eagle reports county officials say that doesn’t address the long-term financial problems. The county still wants the state to increase the daily rate it pays the ranch.