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Kentucky lawmakers press for juvenile justice changes

Kentucky Lawmakers Looking for Overhaul of Juvenile Justice System.

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By Erin Kelly and Spectrum News Staff Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A group of Kentucky lawmakers called for new leadership Thursday in the state’s troubled juvenile justice agency, saying someone from outside the system should be brought in to make changes to quell violent outbursts in the youth detention centers.

The lawmakers praised actions already taken by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear to try to shore up safety and overcome staffing shortages at juvenile detention centers, but they said more needs to be done
The legislators also pushed for independent reviews of the juvenile detention system, including unfettered access to agency employees they said is needed to get a full picture of the problems.

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