Juvenile Services Division
Since 1994, the Johnson County Department of Corrections has been involved in providing services to both adult and juvenile offenders. First taking on the challenge of developing the Intensive Supervision Program in 1994 as a part of the mission of the Kansas Department of Corrections. The Community Corrections Act concept aimed itself toward the juvenile offender population in addition to the adult population. This challenge became the focus of what has been over a decade of growth and meeting the needs of our community, including public safety.
In 1996, the Department took over administrative control of the Juvenile Detention Center and House Arrest, further developing the continuum of services we were responsible to oversee. By this time, staff size had grown from approximately 5 staff to over 120. Then, in 1998, with the beginning of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Act, the Case Management Unit was opened, providing direct services to youth placed in the custody of the Commissioner of the Juvenile Justice Authority. Within Juvenile Services, we now have 140 staff and provide a full continuum of services.
As a result of organizational changes made within the Johnson County Department of Corrections in December 2007, the Juvenile Services Division is now divided into two separate divisions – the Juvenile Detention Center and Juvenile Field Services. Though the divisions are overseen by two separate Directors; they have continued to work closely in the delivery of services to our juvenile population and their families. Each division has its own mission statement and the Department of Corrections has helped to professionalize and create a sense of pride in the work we do within the community we serve.