WPR News
7:38 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Senate passes bill with hopes of keeping kids out of jail

Cheyenne, WY – The state legislature has given final approval to a bill that many think will help reduce the high numbers of juveniles in Wyoming jails. The bill gives county attorneys the authority to monitor all juveniles who enter into the city or county court system. It also directs the county attorney to intervene in the children's lives when needed. Senator Kathryn Sessions calls it an important piece of legislation and admits she is surprised that it passed. Sessions says if they can help provide direction to young people, it will reduce prison costs in the future. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration.