New approach has juvenile detentions at 7-year low

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – The number of juveniles in detention in Saline County, Kansas, is down significantly since a judge took over the juvenile docket.

The Salina Journal reports that Judge Mary Thrower says that rather than detain juvenile offenders for an extended period, she seeks out the best option for each one. She took over the juvenile docket in the county in July.

A Saline County official says the number of juveniles from the county at the North Central Kansas Regional Detention Center in Junction City is at a seven-year low, with just three. In the past, there have been as many as 20.

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