UPDATE: Ohio Secluded Juvenile Offenders More Last Year

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/21/2014 11:05 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New statistics show Ohio juvenile prisons increased its use of solitary confinement last year.

The numbers come as the state prepares to defend itself against a federal lawsuit charging that the facilities illegally secluded mentally ill boys.

Juvenile offenders at Department of Youth Services facilities were in seclusion units a total of 209,266 hours last year - which averages about 453 hours for each youth in all of the facilities, whether they were actually placed in seclusion or not.

That compares with 187,600 hours in 2012, an average of about 362 per offender. The number of hours mentally ill offenders spent in seclusion was not available.

The state must submit a response Friday to the lawsuit filed last week by the U.S. Justice Department.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a court order to force Ohio juvenile detention facilities to stop what it describes as rampant use of seclusion to discipline boys with mental health disorders.

A motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Ohio seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the punishment of mentally ill boys through solitary confinement at four facilities.

Federal prosecutors say Ohio violates the boys' due process rights by depriving them of education, exercise and mental health care, and doesn't appropriately adjust treatment when they return to the general population. It says the boys suffer "irreparable harm."

The Ohio Department of Youth Services says it offers individualized behavioral health services and uses seclusion as a last resort. It says youth in seclusion still get treatment and programming.

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