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Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Public News Service - OH: Juvenile Justice

Earlier this year, a Franklin County, Ohio, juvenile detention center struggled to contain a COVID-19 outbreak that involved at least 27 staff members and 14 youths. (Adobe Stock)<br />

AKRON, Ohio -- Across the country, the coronavirus has prompted juvenile-detention facilities to release kids at higher-than-usual rates. But a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds releases have now stalled, leaving many youths, disproportionately Black children, still living in pre-t

Nearly 5,000 Ohio females are incarcerated, one of the highest per-capita rates in the country for women, according to the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections. (Adobe Stock)<br />

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio ranks in the top eight states nationwide for the number of girls in youth detention facilities, and Cuyahoga County is now working to change that. Bridget Gibbons, director of programming for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, says her colleagues began by reviewing the rec

Jeff Ruby believes just one positive connection in a kid's life can change their trajectory. (Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio-based restaurateur Jeff Ruby of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment has wined and dined celebrities and dignitaries alike, but food isn't his only passion. He's also committed to helping vulnerable youths. Ruby grew up without a father in his life, and says he was on the wr

Research shows community-based alternatives to detention for nonviolent juvenile offenders can result in better outcomes. (Pixabay).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Putting children who get into trouble on the right path can be challenging, and a newer approach to the problem is seeing great success in Ohio. This week, juvenile justice, child welfare, and public safety leaders are at the inaugural Ohio Juvenile Detention Alternatives In

Ohio has reduced admissions to youth correctional facilities by 80 percent since 1992, making it a standout in a new report on this facet of juvenile justice reform. (Pixabay)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio stands out for its work in turning young lives around, according to a new report on youth prisons. The Annie E. Casey Foundation research pulls together evidence of the ineffectiveness of youth correctional facilities, showing they are expensive and prone to abuse, and

Experts say excessive juvenile justice court costs can detour a young person from getting on the right track. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When a young person is unable to pay court related costs, he or she can face a type of debtors' prison, a practice a new report says can pull juveniles deeper into the justice system. In Ohio, these fees and fines include the cost of tests and evaluations, rehabilitation, pr

New initiative is expected to keep about 800 troubled young people in Ohio out of detention. (xandert/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is stepping up its efforts to reform the state's juvenile justice system and give troubled young people a second shot. The state announced $1.6 million in grants for nearly two dozen counties through the Department of Youth Services' Detention Alternatives and Enhancements I

Ohio's prisons house about 50,600 offenders, nearly the same number as five years ago. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers are working to address problems in the state's criminal justice system, but some advocacy groups say the time for modest, incremental steps is over. Stephen Johnsongrove, deputy director for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center explains there are 50,600 people locked

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