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Judge ends most oversight of Ohio youth prisons

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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Marbley's ruling said the state will continue quality assurance monitoring of several areas, including safe living conditions, medical services, special education and investigations of incidents in the juvenile detention centers. Those quality assurance checks are a step down from court-ordered monitoring.

That leaves continued court oversight of mental health services, including the use of psychotropic medications, whether blacks are less likely than whites to be placed in mental health units, suicide prevention and discipline for youth receiving mental health services.

The second area staying under supervision involves units holding youth who demonstrate a persistent inability to safely reside in the general population because of violence against youth or staff.

Some changes to the youth prison system are a model for the nation, an annual report on the system concluded in December, while highlighting continuing problems with gang violence, education classes and medical care.

Youth Services administrators have done commendable work reducing the number of offenders in secure confinement and spreading services for youthful offenders around Ohio, according to the report by the court-appointed monitor.

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus.