By the Associated Press:

A new report says Kansas has been putting fewer juvenile offenders in its detention center and lessening their time on probation in the three years since it overhauled its juvenile justice system.

The oversight committee issuing the report Thursday recommended doubling the state’s annual spending on juvenile justice programs to nearly $22 million.

Advocates sought the changes in 2016 to deal with more offenders in their home communities. They argued that youth were removed from their homes and sent to residential facilities or correctional institutions too often. They wanted programs to reduce repeat offending.