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Report notes failure in Ohio juvenile facilities

Published: Thu, December 15, 2011 @ 3:50 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A report card by children’s advocates grades Ohio’s juvenile justice system as failing the state’s youth, despite improvements made in recent years.

The report card put out by the Ohio Public Defender’s Office, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Children’s Law Center shows Ohio improving in terms of jailing fewer youth, but failing when it comes to shackling children who aren’t dangerous in court.

Despite declining incarceration rates, the report says Ohio still jails a greater percentage of children than many other states. It says too many of those children are minorities.

The report card also states that too many Ohio youth go through the justice system without a lawyer.

Youth Services Department Director Harvey Reed says the department will continue to improve its programs and services.


1spirit76(19 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

If the parents were more than 10 years older than the children, they might have some discipline instilled in them. Another factor is when they commit crimes they are slapped on the hands and released giving them the mindset that it's ok. Hold the parents responsible.

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Maybe if we put the parents in jail for lack of accountability, we would not have as many juvenile delinquents.

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