Report Praises Changes In Ohio’s Youth Prisons

The Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility is one of Ohio's four juvenile prisons.(Photo: Ohio Department of Youth Services)
The Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility is one of Ohio's four juvenile prisons.(Photo: Ohio Department of Youth Services)

A new report is praising Ohio’s approach to reducing its juvenile prison population.

The Department of Youth Services now houses fewer than 700 inmates, a third of what Ohio used to hold in juvenile detention centers.

The report from a department-appointed monitor says programs for placing young offenders in community centers have produced what it calls impressive results.

The report is part of a court-order review system stemming from a 2004 lawsuit that alleged a culture of violence at Ohio’s youth prisons.

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