In June 2015, Kansas leaders formed a bipartisan, interbranch Juvenile Justice work group to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the state’s juvenile justice system. The work group used a data-driven process similar to one that resulted in adult corrections reforms in 2007 and 2013. The work group presented recommendations in November 2015 and laid the foundation for Senate Bill 367, which was enacted during the 2016 session. The comprehensive SB 367 is projected to reduce the number of youth placed in out-of-home commitment by 60 percent over five years, saving the state about $72 million that the legislation earmarks in statute for reinvestment into community-based programs. The bill also enhances data collection and reporting, limits youth transfer to the adult system, requires the state to develop a detention risk assessment instrument for determining pre-adjudication detention decisions, and compels school districts to enter into agreements with law enforcement and other local stakeholders aimed at reducing school-based court referrals.
Summary of 2016 Senate Bill 367
Summaries and links to full legislation can also be found in NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Bill Tracking Database.
Return to NCSL’s Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Policy Reform page or learn more about NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Program.