Update on summer study involving juvenile justice

BROOKINGS, S.D.(KBRK)- The Study Committee on Juvenile Justice of the South Dakota Legislature is seeking possible solutions to a number of issues including school truancy, increased behavioral problems and what many see as a lack of punishment for some juvenile offenders.

The interim study came about because of a bill sponsored by Senator V.J. Smith of Brookings and he is a member of the committee. The bill was killed but sparked the study. Smith believes mental health is a key aspect.

Brookings Representative Tim Reed also serves on the committee. Reed says efforts need to start with kids at a young age.

Both men believe results will come from this committee’s work.

The committee will hold it’s third and possibly final meeting in October.