Ohio Department of Youth Services

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Six state juvenile detention agency employees were disciplined following an investigation into the death of an incarcerated 17-year-old last year, including two guards who failed to immediately let medical staff know the teen was unresponsive in his cell, the agency director said Wednesday.

Officials at the Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility say a 17-year-old inmate died Monday.  

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Department of Youth Services have asked the Ohio Controlling Board for 1.8 million dollars to help facilitate their merger of back-office functions like payroll.

A new report by the non-profit Juvenile Justice Coalition of Ohio says there's limited information about what happens to the thousands of juveniles who end up in the system.

Andy Chow Ohio Public Radio

Youth services advocates say there’s a big problem in the state - parents who are desperate to get expensive or hard-to-get support for their children end up giving the kids over to the state to get them the help they need.

Ohio Department of Youth Services

A Marion teenager convicted of killing her stepfather is back in custody after escaping from a mental health facility in Cleveland on Wednesday. 

A federal judge has ended a decade of court-ordered oversight of Ohio's juvenile prison system. 

Juvenile Justice Coalition

A new report says Ohio's juvenile prison system has become a model for others a quarter-century after it was on the brink of crisis.

After being challenged by the Justice Department, the Ohio Department of Youth Services reduced the solitary confinement of its inmates last year.

The Ohio Department of Youth Services this week reached an agreement with the Justice Department to stop using solitary confinement in its prisons. 

ODYS Settles Lawsuit Over Solitary Confinement

May 22, 2014

The state has agreed to phase out the use of solitary confinement for kids in its correctional facilities.

A new report by a legislative watchdog for state criminal justice programs shows guards in youth prisons are more often resorting to force to control inmates.

Youth Prison In Delaware Will Close Next Year

Nov 22, 2013

The Ohio Department of Youth Services says it will close the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility in Delaware by May of next year.

Local, state, and national experts gathered in Columbus earlier week this to discuss ways to better serve victims of child abuse and neglect.

Task Force Issues Youth Prison Recommendations

Jul 12, 2013

A task force has made a series of recommendations to reduce sexual assaults of incarcerated youth.

ODYS Meeting Benchmark Goals

Jun 21, 2013

A federal district judge in Columbus says Ohio's youth prison system has met another benchmark for improvement as a long-running lawsuit against the agency continues to wind down.

Changes Still Needed At ODYS

Dec 26, 2012

An annual report by a court-appointed monitor calls some changes to Ohio's youth prison system a model for the nation while highlighting continuing systemic problems with gang violence, education classes and medical care.