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Wed February 17, 2010
Juvenile justice bills getting support
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming legislature is working on a pair of bills that would influence when and where juveniles should be detained. Yesterday (Tuesday) the House passed a bill that would set up a checklist to help officers determine what to do with a juvenile they are arrested. Today (Wednesday), the Senate gave final approval to a bill that would set up standards for detention facilities. Cheyenne Senator Kathryn Sessions says she is surprised by the apparent support for the bills,
"I guess I think we have come to the realization in this state that we have a serious problem. And we have kids getting caught up in our Juvenile Justice system that we could get to way earlier. When they first have a contact with law enforcement."
Sessions says treating juvenile offenders appropriately will keep them from entering the corrections system as adults.