Audit: Juvenile Prison's Drug Programs Lacking

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Auditors say drug treatment programs offered at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka are not adequately helping the offenders.

The auditors noted that between 70 and 85 percent of offenders in the state's juvenile programs need help with substance abuse.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Wednesday's audit followed findings in July that the complex had significant security problems.

Terri Williams, acting commissioner of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority, says she agrees the agency's drug treatment procedures are lacking. Williams took over the program in the spring after the former commissioner and his deputy were fired.

Williams says the agency is considering hiring another substance abuse specialist. It also might become a licensed treatment program, which could bring in more funding and improve quality through independent reviews.

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