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Youth Prisons Require Improvement

Columbus, OH: (Apr-03-08) A lawsuit was brought against the state of Ohio and its Department of Youth Services, alleging that excessive force was being used against girls at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility. The allegations claimed that the state's youth prisons are overcrowded and understaffed and fail to educate children behind bars or keep them safe. A report, formulated in 2007, confirmed the allegations. It also revealed that excessive use of force is common and ingrained in the operations of the agency, and that the allegations that the suit presented are valid.

Sources stated that the two sides had reached a settlement agreement, in which the state agreed to make substantial changes in the system. Officials at the Department of Youth Services claimed that the deal calls for as much as $30 million to be spent by the state in additional annual spending, which will go towards hiring more than 100 extra guards. The agreement is said to end the legal challenges that began in 2004. [WDTN NEWS: STATE SETTLES SUIT ALLEGING DEEP-SEATED PROBLEMS IN YOUTH PRISONS]

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Published on Apr-7-08


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