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Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center rejecting kids arrested for misdemeanors due to coronavirus

"Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court said it will not house any additional children arrested on misdemeanors in the juvenile detention center in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus."

Former prosecutor sues Netflix over Central Park 5 series

"Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has sued Netflix and film director Ava DuVernay over her portrayal in the streaming service's miniseries about the Central Park Five case, which sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison for a crime they were later absolved of committing.

Fairstein claims in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Fort Myers, Florida, that the four-part series 'When They See Us' defamed her by portraying her as a 'racist, unethical villain.'"

Advocates want Ohio officials to release some juvenile inmates amid coronavirus pandemic

"Three advocacy groups — the Juvenile Justice Coalition, Ohio ACLU and Policy Matters Ohio — sent an open letter to Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday demanding all juveniles released unless they pose a 'substantial safety risk to others.'"

Cleveland Cavaliers visit prison to listen, learn and gain understanding about social justice and living behind bars

"Inmates clad in blue jumpsuits, sitting next to some of their favorite players, discussed plans for reacclimating to society and the goals they still want to reach when their sentence ends. Some inside Grafton will be there for six months. Others, 41 years. All walks of life. All backgrounds. All with a different tale."

New program for people coming out of foster care and juvenile justice system

"According to experts, there are dozens of young people in the Toledo area who come out of the juvenile justice or foster care systems at any given time with no place to go. This program is part of the effort to help change that.

A home on Nebraska Avenue will provide campus-like housing and wraparound services to three men between the ages of 18-21. They will receive help finding work or continuing their education. There will also be resident assistants living in the home with the young men."

Sexual Victimization Reported by Youth in Juvenile Facilities, 2018

"This report presents findings from the National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2018 (NSYC-3), conducted from March to December of 2018. The NSYC-3 was conducted in 327 facilities that housed juveniles, including 217 state-owned or -operated facilities and 110 locally or privately operated facilities that held state-placed youth under contract."

Ohio youth agency responds to high sex-victimization stats

"A U.S. Justice Department survey of 6,049 juvenile prisoners released in December found that 15.3% of Ohio’s incarcerated youths reported forced or coerced sexual activity with other youths or staff members in 2018, the highest percentage in the United States."

Ohio Lawmakers Could End Life Sentences Without Chance of Parole for Juveniles

"Ohio lawmakers are considering changes that could require judicial review for juveniles sentenced to life in prison — a move a wide swath of advocates say could give some young offenders a second chance later in life while saving the state money."

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy: A Resource for Juvenile Defense Attorneys

"This resource is intended to provide juvenile defense attorneys with an increased understanding of what trauma-informed legal advocacy entails, how trauma impacts child development, the attorney-client relationship, family and caregivers, and attorneys themselves. Additionally, this resource addresses screening and assessment, information sharing, transitions and placement decisions, and effective treatments for traumatic stress."

Column: SB 256 gives young defendants chance to turn lives around

"The justice we mete out to child offenders is a measure of our ability as a community to offer guidance, support and resources to those most in need. Justice-involved children deserve love, mercy, forgiveness and the support they need to change their future. That’s why the Ohio Conservative Juvenile Justice Network, policy leaders and judicial experts like me are advocating for the support of a bill to give these youth a 'meaningful opportunity' to turn their lives around."

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