With the 2017 Kansas legislative session underway, we plan to send a weekly update on developments with juvenile justice reform efforts across the state. Our priorities include monitoring amendments that might be proposed to revise SB367, continuing outreach to legislative leaders to support the implementation of SB367, and serving as a resource for families and communities directly impacted by our juvenile justice system.
Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Handbook
We have compiled a handbook that explains the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the reforms encompassed in SB367. The handbook can be found on the ‘Resources’ page of our website here. The handbook is intended to provide a general overview of why the reforms were necessary and how they will transition youth from detention facilities to evidence-based community programs focused on a full continuum of care.
Open Position on Kansas Advisory Group
The Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is looking to fill a position of a Former Justice Involved Youth. This position is to be filled by someone who formerly was justice involved as a youth, but is now an adult (18+). The position was created in order to bring to light some of the difficulties that juveniles undergo in the many phases of young adulthood—especially those who have fallen to crime. The time commitment is minimal, with meetings only 4 times per year, with paid travel and food. Click here to learn more about the board, and click here to learn about the application process.
In the News
Congratulations to Kathleen and David McKune for their article on the role of juvenile justice reform in our education system being published in the December 2016 newsletter of the Kansas Association of Counties. Click here to read more. Their letter highlights the vital need to develop comprehensive memorandums of understanding between school districts and law enforcement agencies to reduce youth referrals from schools and prevent instances of false confessions made by interrogations without parental representation.
Please send any news you think we should feature in the future to MConklin@KansasAppleseed.org.
Visit the Kansans United for Youth Justice website for resources on juvenile justice reform in Kansas, including our new handbook explaining SB367.
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