A controversial housing program in Wichita mixes teen girls with convicted sex offenders.
The program groups juvenile offenders — including registered sex offenders — with foster teens. Each person in the program lives alone in one of 15 apartments in a building on West University, near Kellogg and Seneca.
The AP reports that Dorothy Loyd, vice president for transitional living services at Ozanam Pathways, which runs the program, said her organization is following state law.
The state agency that regulates these types of programs contends that it is moving to a system that does not allow juvenile offenders to commingle with foster teens.
The news comes just as The Portland Press Herald reports on a study that finds sex offenders in Maine have low rates of recidivism.
On Monday, Georgetown University released a study showing that a state-run California website that allows people to search for sex offenders significantly reduced the recidivism rate of sex crimes.