- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill allowing the state to hold juvenile offenders who have been charged in criminal cases as adults in juvenile facilities.

House members agreed Tuesday to accept Senate amendments to the measure, sending it to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The House vote was 111-5. The Senate approved the bill last week on a 40-0 vote.

Department of Corrections officials said state law currently prevents juveniles charged as adults from being housed with other juvenile offenders. But federal law doesn’t allow juvenile offenders to be held in adult prisons unless they’re separated from adult inmates.

The Department of Corrections said it now is forced to pay other states to house juvenile offenders charged as adults in facilities outside Kansas.

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