Winfield Woman Reappointed To State Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee


A Winfield woman has been reappointed to a state oversight committee.

According to Gov. Laura Kelly’s office Thursday, Melody Pappan has been reappointed to the state Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee with “the purpose to oversee the implementation of reform measures intended to improve the state’s juvenile justice system.”

Pappan, who was first appointed to the committee when it was formed in 2016, is  currently the co-chair as well as the chair of the reinvestment subcommittee.

Pappan told KSOK/Bob FM Friday the committee has been a key player in working to help reform juvenile justice in Kansas.

“One of the major changes included moving from treatment of youth in out of home placements to providing programs and services to youth and their families in the communities,” Pappan said. “This change also brought with it a huge savings in out of home placement costs which was then reinvested in programing in local communities.”