Since May 20, 2008 the Ohio Department of Youth Services has been implementing a Stipulation requiring extensive reforms to Ohio’s juvenile corrections system.  As a result of ongoing progress the terms of that stipulation have now been reduced.  Many areas are in compliance and no longer subject to court monitoring.  Other areas will only be reviewed for quality assurance.  In the areas of mental health and special management units direct court monitoring will continue until the Department achieves substantial compliance, which should be within six months to a year.  During the implementation of the Stipulation the number of youth locked in DYS facilities has been cut from 2000 to approximately 600 while community based treatment options have greatly expanded.  Al Gerhardstein is lead counsel on the class action.  Co Counsel Kim Tandy of the Children’s Law Center and Cincinnati Attorney Jennifer Kinsley.

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