A Look at Juvenile Detention in Ohio
|December 17, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Juvenile Delinquency, Research, Youth Development||
The juvenile justice system in American is facing a number of challenges, from overcrowded detention facilities to increasing costs to the delicate balance of demanding accountability while providing rehabilitative services.
A report on the state of juvenile detention in Ohio by the Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Law Center, Juvenile Justice Coalition; completed with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, highlights some critical issues facing the juvenile justice system today, including:
- Minority youth being detained in disproportionate numbers.
- Detention being utilized in place of mental health services for difficult-to-place youth.
- Juveniles lacking adequate or ANY legal representation when faced with charges that could lead to detention.
The publication, KIDS COUNT Issue Brief: Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio, recognizes that Ohio is currently implementing juvenile justice reforms, but recommends increased state leadership on this issue and a state-wide system of oversight, assistance and accountability for juvenile corrections. The complete brief is available at the Foundation website.