The Butler County Commissioners on Tuesday held a work session with Juvenile Justice Administration (JJA) Administrator Ann Carpenter to discuss the cost of detaining juveniles.
“We are approaching 40 percent of our annual budget,” said Carpenter. “We have some long term youth who are in detention.”
The department’s 2013 budget is $75,000.
“The first three months have been pretty ugly from a financial standpoint,” said Butler County Administrator Will Johnson.
The cost of holding a juvenile in detention is around $141 per day. Since Butler County does not have a facility to hold juveniles, the county contracts with Reno County to house juvenile offenders.
Carpenter said her office works to help ensure only juveniles who really need to be placed in detention are held. She said the juveniles who are being placed in detention have severe problems.
“The victims are more likely in the home,” she said. “You cannot place a juvenile back in the home when the victim resides there.”
Carpenter said her department does what it can to keep juveniles out of detention if possible.
In other business, the commissioners:
• approved an amendment to the City of Douglass Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. The NRP was extended through Dec. 31, 2015.
• received Shelly Hammond and Mike Lowry of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. for the 2012 audit review.
• approved a proposal to KDOT for weed spraying in State highway right-of-way.
• held a brief work session to discuss bridge project proposals and priorities.
• approved appointments for Term A positions and for vacant Term B and C positions on the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee.
• authorized the Department of Public Works to solicit an engineering proposal for consulting services to provide the mandatory 5-year update to the Butler County Solid Waste Management Plan.