After being challenged by the Justice Department, the Ohio Department of Youth Services reduced the solitary confinement of its inmates last year.
A department report shows seclusions declined by more than 66 percent from the previous year. Average solitary confinement hours per youth dropped to 153 last year compared with 489 hours in 2013. The state reached a settlement with the Justice Department last year to dramatically reduce the use of seclusion of juveniles with mental health issues. The Justice Department alleged seclusion violates due process rights by depriving inmates of education, exercise and mental health care.