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Juvenile Justice Coalition of Ohio Releases 18 Fact Sheets to Encourage Continued Investment in System-Involved Youth

March 12, 2015
Zoe Schein

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UPDATE: The Juvenile Justice Coalition of Ohio has now released the 18 juvenile justice fact sheets mentioned below. (Go here for their press release; and infographics are here.)

The Juvenile Justice Coalition (one of NJJN’s Ohio members) has led an ambitious project through the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance (OJJA) to create eighteen fact sheets, each describing issues relevant to young people involved in Ohio’s youth justice system. According to Erin Davies, Executive Director at the Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC), these documents will cover points of involvement from prevention to adult court and specific issues and populations, such as attorney representation, girls, and African American, Latino, and LGBTI youth.  The purpose of the fact sheets is to educate stakeholders in the juvenile justice system, the public, the media, and policymakers.

 In addition to educating stakeholders about juvenile justice issues, the fact sheets have helped to build OJJA.   “Different organizations took the lead on different fact sheets, which has really helped each organization to identify their areas of interest, and to build expertise in those areas. It’s both a field building exercise and a way to disseminate accessible information to judges, lawmakers, and the media,” Davies said.

This year, Ohio’s state agency – the Department of Youth Services (DYS) – proposed a cut of $32 million over the next biennium due to savings realized by reducing Ohio’s juvenile correctional population.  Davies said “It is important that the savings we’re seeing in cutting facility numbers be reinvested back in Ohio’s communities and stay with these youth, whether in DYS or other state agencies, such as mental health or education.  These reinvestments will help continue to keep Ohio on the right track by early identification and appropriate, tailored interventions for youth.”

The fact sheets will be released on March 24, 2015 in a 10:30AM press conference to be held in the Ohio Statehouse.

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