Report: Kansas juvenile justice funds could run out by 2024
May 23, 2021
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas fund intended to help keep young people out of prison could be out of money by 2024 if spending and projected funding remains the same, according to the non-partisan legislative research department.
The Evidence-based Programs Fund grew out of a 2016 law designed to shift the focus in juvenile justice from incarceration to rehabilitation. The effort has had some success, with population at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex dropping 40% in five years.
With annual funding and savings from reduced costs for incarceration, the fund accumulated a $42 millio...