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Numbers Of Youth In Ohio Prisons Down

Jan 8, 2016

The group that keeps tabs on Ohio’s prisons for state lawmakers says there are fewer young people behind bars. The Correction Institution Inspection Committee said the number of teenagers sent to Ohio’s adult prisons took a huge dip to its lowest numbers in 15 years.

 

The group’s executive director, Joanna Saul, says this represents an important institutional shift.

 

The Ohio House has passed a bill that would extend the age for people to receive foster care services to 21.  Advocates estimate over 1,000 people age out of foster care at age 18 each year.

The measure would increase to 21 the age that foster youths could get services, provided they meet certain education and work requirements.

The proposal would give the state until 2017 to find funding for foster youths between 18 and 21.

Students from Ponitz Career Technology Center pictured with WYSO's Basim Blunt on the students' first visit to the WYSO studios for youth radio classes that turned into Dayton Youth Radio.
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

This fall, WYSO expanded its community voices radio production training to include high school students at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center and founded Dayton Youth Radio.

The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing whether to require juvenile offenders facing the possibility of detention to consult with an attorney before deciding to waive their right to a lawyer.

Current court rules don't require such a meeting. The proposal is pitting youth advocates against some judges who say the requirement hinders the rights of parents and juveniles to make the decision themselves.

Kim Tandy, executive director of the Children's Law Center in Covington, Ky., says too many children are going through the juvenile court system without legal representation.

The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a state law requiring juvenile sex offenders convicted in juvenile courts to register as sex offenders for life.

Today (Tuesday) the court ruled 5-2 that the requirement enacted in a 2007 law is unconstitutional because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and violates children's due process rights.

Justice Paul Pfeifer said the mandatory registration undercuts the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile system.  He said it also eliminates the role of juvenile judges in determining the best punishment for young offenders.

Thankgiving Audio Essays from Centerville High School

Nov 23, 2011

Students in Centerville High School's Communication Arts/Broadcast Management program  share what they are thankful for this year.