LARNED — The Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility has gained an additional 15 juveniles while the Topeka-based Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex has lost population.
LJCF currently is averaging 126 juveniles. Mira Vucicevic serves as LJCF superintendent and Wendy Leiker serves as deputy superintendent.
“Facilities staff have examined the needs of both facilities and determined that this can be achieved through our normal transfer process,” said Randall Bowman, director of community based services, Juvenile Justice Authority. “The number of regular releases and admissions for this period of time, and needs associated with this transition, permit this to happen without a larger scale process.”
Bowman said each week the determination is made for those who are more appropriate for LJCF based upon admissions to the Reception and Diagnostic Unit at KJCC and other programmatic needs.
“The youth are transported and persons who need the information are notified (the community supervision agency employee responsible for the youth and the youth’s family),” he said. “However, for security purposes, the date is not forecast in advance and the notification occurs when the transport is completed. This will be accomplished in a timely manner and with as minimal of movement as possible.”