Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving | KCUR

Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving

Nov 30, 2012

Changes are being made at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka, according to the head of Kansas's juvenile corrections systems.

Earlier this month, an audit said substance abuse counseling wasn't adequate at the facility because it didn't meet the needs of individual offenders. Juvenile Justice Authority Commissioner Terri Williams told a legislative committee that the state acknowledges the system needs improvement.

“The current system needs to be examined and enhanced.  One-size-fits-all is not the optimal way to do business,” said Williams.

The audit indicated that improving substance abuse counseling at the facility could help reduce the chances of juveniles becoming repeat offenders. Williams says a new substance abuse counselor position has been created, and officials are now studying how programs are being handled in other states.