Ohio Explains Injuries To Youth At Juvenile Detention Center


Combative youth, how guards restrain them, and the guards’ failure to coordinate their responses to violent run-ins are all to blame for injuries to juveniles at the Ohio River Valley juvenile center in southern Ohio, which has the highest rate of such incidents, says a study quoted by the Associated Press.

The report released last week said the rate at which guards injure youths during discipline in Ohio’s five centers is declining but is still too high, and it appears prison staff don’t have the skills to properly conduct hearings about such discipline. Ohio River Valley sees the most frequent use of force by guards across the system, the report said, due in part to the large number of juveniles and their relatively extensive security needs. Still, the report concluded, “the frequency is disproportionally high.”

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