Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio

Why Ohio, Why Now

By the Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio

October 27, 2010


This issue brief reviews juvenile detention program data for Ohio and the nation. It outlines the successes of Annie E. Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), talks about Ohio’s participation in the initiative, and shares four recommendations aimed at dramatically altering the state’s use — and overuse — of juvenile detention.  

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Key Takeaway

Ohio is in the midst of significant juvenile detention reforms; here’s where the state needs to focus next

This brief recommends a multilevel strategy for reforming juvenile detention in Ohio. The approach has four parts: 1) expand county-based detention reform; 2) continue state leadership on reducing incarceration rates; 3) continue creating a system of state oversight, assistance and accountability for juvenile detention; and 4) ensure that all youth risking detention have effective legal representation.

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