COLUMBUS—State Rep. Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) yesterday was assigned by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to advise the newly formed Ohio Juvenile Justice Working Group.
The working group will review the juvenile justice operations at the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) and corresponding partnerships with county juvenile detention facilities. At the end of its review, the group will provide recommendations on youth safety, education, reentry support, and health and mental health services.
“We have a responsibility to closely examine our juvenile detention centers and the issues that have come to light,” said Abrams. “Our goal is to protect all Ohio children and do everything we can to set them up for success, so they don’t reoffend.”
The working group will also consider staffing levels and staff safety, training, recruitment, and retention.