Representative Brenner to Host Town Hall Event on Keeping Students in School and Out of Court

On Wednesday, December 2nd at 6pm, House Education Committee Chair Andrew Brenner will be hosting a town hall event to discuss how to keep Ohio students engaged in school.  The event will feature a panel of speakers who will discuss the issues facing students as well as propose solutions that have been implemented locally.  More information on the event can be found on this flier, which can be shared with your contacts.

JJC Issues Report on Ohio’s Deincarceration Programs

On October 26. 2015, the Juvenile Justice Coalition released a report on Ohio’s deincarceration programs.  Since 1992, Ohio’s youth prison population topped 2,500 and was projected to rise to 4,000.  In 1994, Ohio began implementing programs to incentivize local courts to keep youth closer to home.  Today admissions to Ohio juvenile correctional facilities are lower than 500 youth and Ohio makes significant investments in redirecting youth to community-based alternatives that are less expensive and more effective than locked facilities.

The report is designed to give other jurisdictions insights into lessons learned in Ohio as they create new or reevaluate existing deincarceration programs as well as to continue to encourage innovate within Ohio.  Use the following links to read the report, an executive summary, and an accompanying  infographic.

**Update:  JJC’s Bring  Youth Home report has been covered extensively in the media, including a front page story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and by NPR, the Huffington Post, the Toledo Blade, Columbus TV Channel NBC4, Dayton TV Channel WDTN, and the Associated Press.  In addition, JJC was interviewed for a BlogTalkRadio show.**

OJJA Announces Juvenile Justice Guiding Principles for Ohio Policymakers

On October 7, 2015, the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance (OJJA) held a press conference to release a new set of guiding principles for policymakers around juvenile justice issues in Ohio.  The guiding principles were developed by the OJJA, which represents over 20 organizations including JJC, and are based in research on what we know works to produce the best outcomes for youth, families, and communities in Ohio.  Use the follow links to read the guiding principles and a press release from today’s event.

JJC Receives Grant to Engage with Youth and Families

In  September 2015, JJC received a grant from the Ohio Transformation Fund (OTF) to expand its work with youth, families, and communities involved in or affected by Ohio’s juvenile justice system.  The OTF is a funding collaborative of local and national funders aiming to reduce the number and racial disparity of youth and adults incarcerated in Ohio. More information on the OTF is available here.