TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several supporters speak out in favor of a bill that would amend the Kansas juvenile justice system and allow low-level offenders to be placed in community-based programs instead of detention centers.
District court judges were among those testifying Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice in support of the measure, which also proposes creating a team to review cases with the input of families and educators.
Megan Milner, deputy superintendent of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, told lawmakers that placing children in detention centers could introduce trauma that would alter their emotional well-being. She recommended any court decisions take into consideration a child’s normal development.
Hearings on the bill are scheduled to continue through Thursday.
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