Programs & Initiatives

Programs:

In 2009, District Attorney Steve Howe implemented a pre-file diversion plan for juveniles charged with being in possession of alcohol (MIP’s).  Figures have shown an over 90% success rate of the juveniles that participate in the program.

With the assistance of law enforcement, the Kansas Department of Children and Families, and medical professionals, Steve established the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (F.A.S.T.) in 2010 to quickly identify, react to, and investigate elder abuse.

In response to an increase in domestic violence homicides in Johnson County, Steve implemented the State’s first Lethality Assessment program in 2011.  Used by every law enforcement agency in the county, this actuarial risk assessment tool and an accompanying protocol identifies high risk cases and provides additional resources to victims.  This program is successful due to the support of our partner agencies including law enforcement, the courts, and Safehome.

In 2016, District Attorney Howe partnered with the Veteran’s Administration, Johnson County Court Services, the Johnson County Bar Association, and Johnson County District Court to start the very first Veteran’s Treatment Court in Kansas.  This program focuses on veterans who suffer from mental health and/or substance abuse issues attributed to their service to this country.  This intense program gives these citizens the tools they need to get back on their feet.

Based on the growing threat of opiate overdoses and deaths, in 2016 Steve has begun an initiative, with the support of law enforcement, to target individuals selling these dangerous drugs.

Legislative:

District Attorney Steve Howe has provided testimony on bills during each legislative session to ensure that our criminal justice system effectively and fairly enforces the laws of the State of Kansas.

He has taken the lead on many bills that enhance the public’s safety, including:

  • Elder abuse legislation
  • DUI refusal law
  • “Hard 50” special session
  • Expansion of forfeiture laws

Activities:

In 2012, District Attorney Steve Howe led a successful capital campaign for Safehome, Johnson County’s only domestic violence shelter.  This campaign allowed Safehome to expand and provide greater resources to victims of domestic violence.

Steve has been a board member of the Kansas County District Attorney’s Association since 2010.
In 2015, Steve became a board member of Sunflower House, who provides essential services to abused and neglected children.

He has been an active member of MOCSA’s advisory committee since 2009.

Steve was asked in 2015 to be on the Kansas S.A.K.I working group.  This group is charged with eliminating the backlog of old and untested sexual assault exam kits.

In both 2011 and 2015, Steve was elected to the Judicial Nominating Committee by the 3,500 licensed lawyers in Johnson County.

Awards:

  • 2014 – Community Ally of the Year Award by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
  • 2016 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award from the Olathe branch of the NAACP.