Frequently Asked Questions about Senate Bill 367 (2016)
Why do we need juvenile justice reforms in Kansas? What does Senate Bill 367, as amended by the Senate, do? When do the reforms in bill go into effect? Who supports these reforms?
Read the FAQ.
Kansans United State Poll: February 2016
On the heels of recent bipartisan efforts to reform the youth justice system, the Supreme Court decision guaranteeing parole hearings for youth offenders, and the Department of Justice decision to ban solitary confinement of youth, a new poll shows adults in Kansas overwhelmingly support shifting the youth justice system from incarceration and punishment to prevention and rehabilitation. A clear 82% majority favors this shift with broad support across partisanship (81% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 79% of Republicans).
Download Investing in Kansas Families – Juvenile Justice Reform
The approach outlined in this issue brief will ensure taxpayer dollars are stewarded in a sensible fashion – now and in the future. Kansas should take the dollars it currently spends and pivot those funds into smart, effective investments that benefit our families and all of Kansas now and in the future.
Download the Principles for Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Report
Kansas is rethinking our approach to kids who get in trouble.
Our current juvenile justice system has become too reliant on incarceration and hasn’t done enough to support local programs that provide better outcomes for kids and our communities. If we shift our policies and our budgets away from incarcerating kids and towards local intensive rehabilitation programs, we will keep our communities safer, our kids healthier, and our funding stronger.
National research into what works (and what doesn’t) for juvenile justice reform
The good news: The vast majority of kids, even youth who commit serious crimes, naturally outgrow adolescent misbehavior. So let’s not send kids to remote prisons anymore. And we shouldn’t push kids out of school for minor misbehavior. Because incarcerating kids can damage their lives for a long time. Incarcerating kids damages our budget, too.
The really good news? There are effective alternatives to incarceration for kids. Those alternatives work at a fraction of the cost of incarceration. Many states are already seeing the benefits of shifting away from prisons and towards alternatives for kids. It’s time to bring those effective reforms to Kansas.
School Discipline Resources
SB 367’s most significant opportunity for school leaders is the chance to create a Memorandum of Understanding with law enforcement agencies that improves their school climate, keeps kids and teachers safe, and helps to keep students in the classroom learning.
Resources school leaders may wish to consult in developing or revising their district’s MOU include:
The Olathe Public Schools Code of Student Conduct, which includes a section titled “Student Rights if Contacted by Law Enforcement”