Kansas voters strongly support improving the state’s juvenile justice system by reducing the use of state-funded correctional facilities and investing in community supervision and programming, according to a bipartisan statewide poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The survey found that a majority of Republican and Democratic voters think state facilities should be used for more serious offenders and would prefer that lower-level offenders receive community supervision.
Among the key findings:
Pew commissioned the Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies to conduct the survey as part of its technical assistance to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Workgroup, which submitted a final report and recommendations to the governor and Legislature in December. The telephone survey of 600 registered voters took place Feb. 10-14, 2016. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence and higher for subgroups.