Audit Blasts Management Of Topeka Juvenile Complex

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State auditors say poor management at a corrections complex in Topeka caused injuries, sexual misconduct and other unsafe conditions for the juvenile clients.

Auditors say the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex has done little to correct longstanding problems at the complex. The audit was released Tuesday to a legislative committee.

The auditors say poor leadership and low wages caused high staff turnover at the complex.

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration says the problems led to the firings of the state's two top Juvenile Justice Authorities in late March. And the administration says the audit uncovered a failed approach to juvenile justice in Kansas.

The complex is a medium and maximum-security facility that houses 220 male and 20 female juvenile between the ages of 13 and 22 for a variety of offenses.