Operating within the Revised Kansas Juvenile Justice Code, the Juvenile Unit prosecutes juvenile offenders alleged to have violated the laws of the State of Kansas. Attorneys review case investigations presented by law enforcement agencies to determine what, if any, offenses will be charged.
The Juvenile Diversion Program enables qualified juvenile offenders to avoid adjudication for crimes committed upon the successful completion of an offender diversion program. Youth who are approved for the Program must accept responsibility for the offense and sign an agreement, which outlines all of the requirements of diversion. Program requirements may include a combination of payment of restitution, correctional counseling, substance abuse and mental health treatment, community service work, and payment of costs and fees.
The Child in Need of Care (CINC) Unit has the protection of children as its primary responsibility. The CINC Unit is comprised of a Deputy District Attorney, staff attorneys, and support personnel whose obligation it is to screen cases and when appropriate file petitions alleging abuse or neglect. District Attorney staff work closely with SRS agency personnel and private contract providers. Once a case has been initiated, staff attorneys attend court proceedings in accordance with the Revised Kansas Code for Care of Children, K.S.A. 38-2201 et seq.
The Juvenile Intervention Program provides a range of services to youth who are juvenile offenders, as well as to youth who are referred to the District Attorney's Office as truants. The diversion program enables qualified juvenile offenders to avoid adjudication for crimes committed upon the successful completion of a diversion program tailored to the unique circumstances surrounding the youth and associated crime. The truancy unit provides a variety of services, including formal and informal intervention, for youth who have met the legal threshold of truancy and who are 13 to 15 years of age.
This program is funded by the Juvenile Justice Authority of the state of Kansas.
This resource and activity book can help children understand their roles and what is expected of them if they must appear in court.