Recap of final session of summer study on Juvenile Justice

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- The Study Committee on Juvenile Justice of the South Dakota legislature wrapped up their work Thursday and approved a final report.

The committee has met several times during the interim, working on several recommendations to improve responses to juvenile issues.

One resolution would commit twenty million dollars to fund scholarships for people entering the mental health field.

Senator V.J. Smith of Brookings said that is a major step.

Senator Erin Tobin of Winner says that would be cheaper than the alternatives.

Representative Caleb Finck of Tripp, Chairman of the Committee, praised the work that was done.

Members of the committee will sponsor individual bills in the 2023 legislative session.