Crime is on the rise across america with our youth being a high risk in negative engagements. The overall crime rate in Wichita is 139% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 17.97 daily crimes that occur in WichitaWichita is safer than 2% of the cities in the United States. In Wichita you have a 1 in 16 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. Our goal is to develop alliances and create intervention. Our mission is to decrease delinquency, substance abuse and violence with high-risk youth. We have to work with families and focus on strengthening relationships and communication. Reframing negative behaviors by putting youth within a positve relational context.

The juvenile systems of today needs to be reconstructed to curb recidivism the alliance needs to have the community involvement and a clear plan of intervention created and communicated with the alliance group constructed of partner organizations, juvenile probation and correctional officers, family, schools, welfare social workers and therapist. taking personalized assessments of the juvenile and then developing a plan with rational thinking exercises minimizing hopelessness,increase motivation for change. it won’t be a easy task but we can’t just give up on a young soul crying out for help with dedication Wichita can be viewed as a great city to raise a family again.





(100 is safest)

Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities


Number of Crimes4,002 21,723 25,725
Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)
10.25 55.62 65.86


Report Total35 383 600 2,984
Rate per 1,0000.09 0.98 1.54 7.64


POPULATION: 325,719,178
Report Total17,284 135,755319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,0000.05 0.420.98 2.49

Wichita, Kansas is above the national average accounting for 25% of the nations violent crimes with a population of 290,591. A number to look at over the years is the amount of teens committing violent crimes in Wichita and how that has contributed to the over crowding prison systems in Kansas.

As a result in not providing juveniles with adequate programs to curve recidivism and create opportunities in impoverished areas, The Kansas prison system is over capacity and understaffed. instead these areas have been deemed “opportunity zones” where these zones provide tax incentives for development in Wichita neighborhoods with hopes of making them more attractive. during a meeting held by federal, state and local leaders  officials discussed how the Opportunity Zone program offers tax incentives including deferral and reduction of capital gains taxes when the gain is invested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund and maintained for a period of at least five years. Investors can defer tax on any prior gains invested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) until the earlier of the date on which the investment is sold or exchanged or December 31, 2026. 

City councilman Brandon Johnson discussed how he hopes development in the opportunity zones within his district can fill empty lots with housing or businesses.

“So if we can get the mom and pop shop to get empowered and start a business in the area to help clean it up, these opportunity zones provide that opportunity now,” Johnson said.

Growing up in his district I can agree development is much needed and I can also say that most of the teens facing problems come from this district. but I will disagree that this will empower residence to take advantage when the opportunity is not very much in this zone. How can anyone invest when the majority does not have access to funds or means to have a bank invest in their dream. this zone lacks opportunity investing in a program that educates entrepreneurship, real estate, marketing, credit ethics, budgeting, and coding would be a actual benefit to a area that sees no hope other than a career in crime. so as people from outside of the community comes in to rake in money made from tax payers dollars tax payers will also foot the bill to pay for housing inmates who committed crimes in Wichita a direct cause from lack of opportunity, guidance, and programs these individuals who could have turned their lives around and contributed to the Wichita community will be shipped out of the state because our prisons are running out of room and money the all mighty dollar is more important than a solution.

Kansas To Send Hundreds To Private Prison

Hundreds of Kansas inmates will soon wake up each day in an Arizona city.

Kansas is turning to prison company CoreCivic to house up to 600 inmates out of state in an attempt to fight prison crowding. The outsourcing will cost millions of dollars a year.

Officials in charge of the state’s prison system – buffeted by years of staff shortages and rising inmate populations – say they don’t have better options.

“Sending Kansas inmates to another state is an option we wish we could avoid,” acting corrections secretary Jeff Zmuda said in a statement. “Entering into this contract to accommodate growth in the prison population is the best option available at this time for the safety of our staff and inmates.”

For $74.76 a day, CoreCivic will transport, house and provide training, treatment, recreational and educational services for Kansas inmates. Housing 600 inmates a year would cost about $16.3 million.

The Kansas Department of Corrections said it will send inmates to the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, in groups of 120. Initially, Kansas plans to house 360 inmates at the facility, but could eventually expand that to 600.

The contract lasts a year and could be renewed for up to three years.

The announcement comes as the state’s prison population hovers around 10,020 — 100 inmates over capacity.

According to the department, state officials will have the right to inspect the Arizona facility at any time.

Photo by Nicolas Steave on Unsplash

From A Juvenile Delinquent To A Adult Convict

Red flags are easy to recognize in the days following a tragic event like a mass shooting—but it’s important to identify those early warning signs before they turn into a pattern of criminal behavior.

In some extreme cases, children as young as 5 years old are committing crimes. So when that child becomes an adult, he or she may already have a lengthy criminal record.

Matt Delisi published a study in the Journal of Criminal Justice that included 252 children living in Pennsylvania juvenile detention centers. The offenders ranged in age from 14-18 and on average had committed 15 delinquent acts in the prior year.

“If you have someone who is 3, or even 2, and is already reading it would suggest that the person is highly intelligent,” DeLisi says. “The reason is because the emergence or the onset of the behavior is usually inversely related to what they will become. The earlier something appears the more special they are or extreme.”

With criminal behavior, the onset begins with rule violations, but researchers say a juvenile’s first arrest or contact with the police is the strongest indicator of future problems.

Economic pressures increase the risk for emotional distress, which Neppl says can lead to harsh disciplinary practices. She is working on a study to determine if such hardships, when a child is between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, affect the child’s mental health when they are 6 to 13 years old.

Persistence, Desistance and Onset

Studies from the https://nij.ojp.gov show’s continuity of offending from the juvenile into the adult years is higher for people who start offending at an early age, chronic delinquents, and violent offenders. The Pittsburgh Youth Study found that 52 to 57 percent of juvenile delinquents continue to offend up to age 25. This number dropped by two-thirds — to 16 to 19 percent — in the next five years.[5] However, there are large individual differences at play. Juveniles who start offending before age 12 are more likely to continue offending into early adulthood.[6]

Not all offense types have the same persistence. One study showed that drug dealing and possession of weapons had the highest likelihood of duration and persistence into early adulthood, while gang membership had a shorter duration. Marijuana use had the longest duration, two to four times longer than theft and violence.[7]

The median age of termination of offending was highest for drug trafficking (age 21.6). Minor offenses such as shoplifting and vandalism usually stop before age 18.[8]

The annual frequency of offending is higher for nonviolent crimes than for violence. The frequency usually peaks around ages 17-19 and remains stable over time only for a small number of offenders.[9]

Studies agree that 40 to 60 percent of juvenile delinquents stop offending by early adulthood. For those who do persist, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is a period of increasing severity of offenses and an increase in lethal violence.[10] Most of the violence is directed at victims of the same age, and the age period of 16-24 is a high-risk time for violent victimization.[11] Many young people who offend at ages 18-20, which brings them into the adult justice system, would have been likely to desist naturally in the next few years.[12] Justice system processing may make them worse, rather than better. Somewhere between 10 percent and 30 percent of offenders start offending during early adulthood.[13]

Developmental studies of late adolescence and early adulthood do not support the notion that there is any naturally occurring break in the prevalence of offending at age 18.

Preventive Actions for Known Delinquents

There is good evidence that early interventions in childhood, such as home visits by nurses, preschool intellectual enrichment programs and parent management training, are effective in preventing delinquency. For example, an evaluation of the Elmira (N.Y.) Nurse-Family Partnership program found that at age 15, children of the higher-risk mothers who received home visits had significantly fewer arrests than controls. Another follow-up when the children were 19 showed that the daughters (but not the sons) of mothers who received home visits had significantly fewer arrests and convictions.[19]

Programs that target individuals can reduce offending in the early adult years. For example, the Seattle Social Development Project combined parent training, teacher training and skills training for children beginning at age 6.[20] At age 27, the intervention group scored significantly better on educational and economic attainment, mental health, and sexual health, but not on substance abuse or offending.[21]

Some interventions with older juvenile delinquents (ages 14-17) have been successful. One long-term follow-up found that Multisystemic Therapy (MST) participants had lower recidivism rates (50 percent versus 81 percent), including lower rates of rearrest for violent offenses (14 percent compared with 30 percent). MST participants also spent 57 percent fewer days confined in adult detention facilities.[22]

Financial Benefits and Costs of Interventions

The financial benefits of intervention programs often outweigh the costs. One review found that this was true of multidimensional treatment foster care (MTFC) ($8 saved per $1 expended), functional family therapy ($10 saved per $1 expended), MST ($3 saved per $1 expended), vocational education in prison ($12 saved per $1 expended), cognitive-behavioral therapy in prison ($22 saved per $1 expended), drug treatment in prison ($6 saved per $1 expended) and employment training in the community ($12 saved per $1 expended).[23]

In my eyes this is a opportunity zone for Project Payatas, the citizens of Wichita, state, city officials, and other organizations to build a alliance and set the goal to provide opportunity for all in our beautiful city the saying goes that numbers don’t lie and so far those numbers are showing us we have got to do something we are along way from home we have got to fine that yellow brick road to call Wichita home again

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  • M

    Thank you for all you do for the children, Mr. Sexton. You are a true child of God. May God bless you in all you do everyday.

    November 19, 2020 at 12:51 am Reply

    • msexton2

      Thank you it is a blessing to receive blessings but the true blessing is passing those blessings to others! Have a great week thanks for stopping by and please help create awareness

      November 23, 2020 at 10:16 am Reply

  • Rich

    “Wichita, Kansas is above the national average accounting for 25% of the nations violent crimes with a population of 290,591.”

    I don’t think this is accurate. Wichita, or any single city, can’t account for 25% of the country’s violent crimes.

    April 3, 2021 at 9:37 am Reply

    • msexton2

      Not for the entire country but for the countries average when calculating cities and population across the united states

      April 30, 2021 at 10:49 am Reply

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