Ohio Processes Hundreds Of Youth In Adult Court

Child Advocacy group says youth placed in adult prisons more likely to commit more serious crimes later.(Photo: S. Falkow (Flickr))
Child Advocacy group says youth placed in adult prisons more likely to commit more serious crimes later.(Photo: S. Falkow (Flickr))

A new report from an advocacy group says Ohio processes more than 300 youth in adult courts or places them in adult jails and prisons each year because of changes in state law.

Monday’s report by the Kentucky-based Children’s Law Center Inc. says children treated as adults are more likely to commit new crimes when released.

It found youth sent to adult jails spend an average of six months there, and that transfer rates are high in many rural counties.

The study also finds that three-quarters of youthful offenders transferred to adult court are black, a far higher rate than the actual population of black youth in Ohio.

The report notes that in 2011, Ohio began allowing some youth to be returned to the juvenile system depending on their offenses.

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