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Ohio youth prisons ordered to ensure inmates are fed



Published: Fri, February 26, 2010 @ 12:38 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Ohio youth detention facilities to alter a practice of withholding food from inmates who don’t report for meals in the cafeteria.

U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley says in the order filed today in Columbus that a meal-refusal policy used at the Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility and others did not put a priority on inmates’ health and safety.

The Ohio Department of Youth Services says the Circleville facility stopped taking meals to inmates in May 2009 because too many were not going to the cafeteria. Officials say carrying meals to the units disrupted schedules and increased costs.

The agency says prison staff continued to take meals to inmates who stayed in their rooms because of perceived threats from gangs or others.


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1FifthAve(168 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This is the depths to which we have sunk. We say that our children our are most valuable treasures, yet we consistently treat them harshly and inhumanely: Not feeding them, beating them, and not tending to their medical needs A boy in a juvie facility in Florida two years ago was beaten to death while the nurse watched. All the guards and the nurse were acquitted. Can you imagine? Another boy in a Miami juvenile lock-up suffered in agony from a burst appendix but no one would help him. No one would even call 911. He died in a chair in a cell. We worry about treating terrorists humanely but no one seems to care about our children.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"The Ohio Department of Youth Services says the Circleville facility stopped taking meals to inmates in May 2009 because too many were not going to the cafeteria."

We must end this barbaric practice of not providing room service ! As a civilized society we should realize that criminals rights rein supreme . Putting them up in motels with room service should be looked into .

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3toomuchapathy(14 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

While I sympathize with Stan, if a parent refused to bring food to their child who wouldn't leave their bedroom, they would be arrested.

The state should be held to the same standards.

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4Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

They need to get rid of these juvenile centers and just send these kids to a bootcamp.

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