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Ohio’s Juvenile Justice System

Prison cell
Michael Coghlan
The U.S. Justice Department began investigating Ohio youth prisons in 2007.

Ohio spends $554 dollars each day on every incarcerated juvenile in the justice system–more than $200,000 per year. Here in Ohio, the Ohio Juvenile Justice Association released fact sheets that highlight the issues in the state system.

This hour, we look at the successes and shortcomings in the Ohio’s juvenile justice system.


  • Alan Johnson, reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Sarah Biehl, Policy Director, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
  • Greta Johnson, Democratic House Judiciary Committee member and former juvenile prosecutor
  • Jeff Rezabek, Republican House Judiciary Committee member and juvenile public defender

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