The State of Ohio and Al Gerhardstein, Lead Counsel for the youth in Ohio’s juvenile facilities, have announced a settlement that will implement $20-$30 million annually in reforms. The agreement must be approved by federal judge Algenon Marbley. The fairness hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on May 21, 2008. It is open to the public. The class action settlement resolves issues of overcrowding, understaffing, violence, education services, as well as mental health, physical health and other programming issues. Click here to read the Notice to the Class, the joint Press Release announcing the settlement, and other Documents in S.H. v. Stickrath.

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