Bring Youth Home

Building on Ohio’s Deincarceration Leadership

Posted October 27, 2015
By the Juvenile Justice Coalition
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In 1992, Ohio began investing in five deincarceration strategies to keep kids out of youth prisons. Over the next 23 years, Ohio cut its admissions to youth prisons by 80% — from more than 2,500 youth to less than 500 youth today. This report reviews strategies central to Ohio’s success and makes recommendations to states engaging in similar efforts.   

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Key Takeaway

States should ask how — not whether — to reduce youth prison populations

Ohio’s experience shows how states can implement successful, cost-effective strategies to reduce the number of kids in youth prisons.