Proposed Legislation Aimed At Reducing Number of Juvenile Detainees

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington lawmaker has proposed
legislation to reduce the number of juveniles detained for
non-criminal offenses such as skipping school and running away.
Under a bill proposed by Democratic Rep. Kelly Flood, status
offenders would no longer be held in secure juvenile detention
facilities before their cases are heard by a judge, the Lexington
Herald-Leader reported (). In addition, a judge would get more
information about the juvenile's case before making a decision on
it.
The number of status offenders who are locked up in Kentucky has
been a concern to child advocates for years.
Kentucky Youth Advocates deputy director Tara Grieshop-Goodwin
said that group supports Flood's proposal. She said locking
children up for non-criminal offenses is ineffective.


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