National group to honor former Kansas official

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The group says Albert Murray will receive the Correctional Achievement Award Tuesday during its annual convention in Nashville.

Murray is now commissioner of Georgia's Department of Juvenile
Justice, which recently saw the end of a federal court's oversight
of its operations after 11 years.

He was Kansas' first commissioner of juvenile justice, serving
from 1997 until early 2003. The state created the Juvenile Justice
Authority to make programs for young offenders more effective.

Before coming to Kansas, he worked as a youth services and
juvenile justice official in Tennessee. After working in Kansas, he
also was a deputy corrections secretary in Alabama.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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