April 26, 2019
Gov. Kelly appoints Elaine Johannes to state advisory group for juvenile justice and prevention
Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed Elaine Johannes, associate professor and extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, to the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the Kansas Department of Corrections.
In accordance with K.S.A. 75-7007 and as directed by Section 223(a) (3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the advisory group reviews juvenile justice policy, advises policymakers on issues affecting the juvenile justice system, and strives to keep Kansas in compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act act.
The appointment of Johannes, who is the chair of the human development and family science unit in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, stems from her extension role on the team implementing the Our Town Our Kids project. The project, directed by L. Sue Williams, sociology, anthropology, and social work; Greg Paul, communication studies; and Bruce Chladny, K-State Research and Extension, works with the state's western region judicial districts and extension professionals for planning and provision for early intervention services for youth and their families. The Our Town Our Kids project also involves faculty and staff from Fort Hays State University in data reporting and the role of trauma in criminal behaviors among youth.
Johannes' appointment began April 18 and continues during the governor's tenure.